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Effingham, Il (Via Springfield) – It’ll be about two weeks before managers at the Illinois Capitol know if the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease is in their water system.
The Illinois Secretary of State late Monday sent a memo to state capitol complex workers explaining that tests show the ‘possible presence’ of Legionella, which causes Legionnaire’s disease.
The memo says people shouldn’t worry about getting sick from day to day office work.
More thorough test results are expected in two weeks.
Via Benjamin Yount; Metro News
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionella is “a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams.”
The bacterium can be found in common places like:
- Showers and faucets
- Cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings)
- Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
- Decorative fountains and water features
- Hot water tanks and heaters
- Large plumbing systems
For more information on the bacterium, and how to prevent it check out CDC.gov