Legionnaires’ outbreak, which has killed one woman, is linked to an Alabama nursing home, officials have confirmed. 13 of the “lab-confirmed” Legionnaires’ cases, which is the total number of the cases in this outbreak so far, come from a Florence nursing home, according to ABC News on Oct. 19.
The people who have contracted Legionnaires’ disease are either patients in the nursing home or someone who had visited the home. The woman who died was a visitor to the Glenwood Healthcare Nursing Home.
Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious from person to person, the disease is contracted through inhaling water vapor or mist that is tainted with bacteria. Tainted shower water, steam from a hot tub, vapor from air conditioners, have all been culprits in the past of being the source of Legionnaires’ disease.
The Legionnaires' bacteria causes an infection that can lead to deadly pneumonia. It is not known where the water vapor or mist is located at the nursing home that caused this latest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, officials have not released that information.