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Legionella Bacteria Causes Evacuation of Three Schools in Elgin, Illinois

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The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was found in three suburban schools in Illinois on Wednesday.

Three schools and a school district office were evacuated Wednesday morning in Elgin, Illinois, after Legionella bacteria was found in the schools' cooling towers at higher-than-normal levels, CBS Chicago reported.

Legionella bacteria causes Legionnaires' disease, a severe and often deadly type of pneumonia that thrives in warm water. People often are exposed to the bacteria by way of water supply cooling towers and hot water tanks. New York City dealt with an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease this summer, when 128 people fell ill with the disease in the South Bronx in July and August; 12 died from the illness.

Eastview Middle School, Larkin High School and Gifford Street High School were evacuated, along with Elgin school district U-46's central office staff, according to a Facebook post from Tony Sanders, the district's chief executive officer.

The Legionella bacteria was detected during annual inspection of the school's cooling towers, CBS Chicago reports.

 

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM TONY SANDERS, CEO:Our annual air quality testing of school cooling towers found higher than...

Posted by School District U-46 on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

 

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