A Legionnaires’ outbreak in Alabama has been linked to a nursing home. WAFF News reports on Oct. 18 that Legionella pneumonia, also known as Legionnaires’ disease, has been connected to the Glenwood Nursing Home. There are 13 cases of the disease, and all of them have ties to the same nursing home in Florence.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has been investigating the recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease. It is caused by bacteria, but it cannot spread from person to person. A person must inhale contaminated water to get sick.
One person has died from the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Alabama. She had visited the nursing home linked to the disease. The Alabama Department of Public Health has visited the Glenwood Nursing Home to collect samples and has been trying to determine the cause of the outbreak.
Steve Modas, who recently removed his mother from the nursing home in Florence, states he does not feel safe keeping her in the facility during the outbreak. Modas is also angry about the lack of communication about the disease. He discovered the news after the Alabama Department of Public Health released the information, but he wishes the nursing home had mentioned something before this.
The Glenwood Nursing Home has not been closed and has not stopped visitors. Among the 13 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, 10 people were residents at the facility while three were visitors.