Legionnaires’ Disease Update: Seven Cases Now Confirmed

For immediate release:
August 6, 2002

Contact: Linda Dorey
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON—Health officials today confirmed that the four possible cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported yesterday are positive, making a total of seven cases associated with the outbreak in the Waterbury area.

“Our first priority is to continue to identify any individuals who may have contracted this disease and making sure that they are getting treated,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Jan K. Carney.

“We are also actively investigating whether there are connections among the cases,” Carney said.

At least a dozen other people who had symptoms have been tested and found to be negative.

Legionnaires’ disease is not passed from person to person. People get it by inhaling mists that contain the bacterium that causes the disease, Legionella pneumophila.

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website—www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/legionellosis_g.htm