Patient at Parma health care facility infected with Legionella bacteria

Updated: Sep. 25, 2019 at 9:59 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Health officials are working on determining the source of bacteria responsible for a Legionella bacteria infection at a Parma rehabilitation center.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health said a patient who spent time at the Broadview Multi-Care Center in Parma was diagnosed with a Legionella bacterial infection.

While the source of the bacteria is determined, the water system at the rehabilitation facility has been shut down as a precautionary measure while the public health investigation is conducted.

The Ohio Department of Health describes

It is not spread from person-to-person and most people exposed do not become ill. However, the Ohio Department of Health says breathing in the bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s disease, a severe form of pneumonia.

Health officials are also conducting an investigation in Strongsville after a patient developed a case of Legionnaires’ disease.

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