Last Summer's Legionnaire's Scare Doesn't Shutter Condo | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Last Summer's Legionnaire's Scare Doesn't Shutter Condo

Play associated audio

One of Ocean City's high-rise condominiums remains open today, even after reports that two of its guests allegedly contracted Legionnaires' disease during their stay at the oceanfront complex last year.

Worcester County Health officials say they can't confirm whether the two unidentified guests, who stayed at the Sea Watch condominium at different times in 2011, were definitively exposed to legionella bacteria during their stay, but they will confirm that the bacteria was found in the building's water supply.

Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia usually contracted after inhaling water vapors or mist that contains the bacteria.

Despite this announcement, the Sea Watch remains open for business. Condominium owners have been instructed, per a health department mandate, to inform all of their potential tenants about the risks and the dangers associated with Legionnaires' disease.

Last fall, there were six reported cases of Legionnaires' and one fatality after an outbreak at a downtown hotel in the resort city. Signs of Legionnaires' disease include fever, shortness of breath, and flu-like symptoms, and usually come to light within 2 weeks of exposure to the bacteria.

NPR

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
NPR

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food.
NPR

The Unpopularity Contest For Britian's Next Prime Minister

After British voters go to the polls on Thursday, either David Cameron or Ed Miliband will be prime minister. While one of these men will win the election contest, neither is likely to win a popularity contest.
NPR

Smartphones Can Be Smart Enough To Find A Parasitic Worm

If someone is infected by the Loa loa worm, taking a drug to treat river blindness could be risky. Now there's a fast way to identify the worm — by turning a smartphone into a microscope.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.