More Legionnaires Cases Reported In McHenry, Chicago

Bob Roberts
November 15, 2018 - 3:37 pm
Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, illustration work in high details

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health confirms new cases of Legionnaire’s disease at senior living facilities in McHenry and in the south Loop, but says all patients are stabilized.

Health officials say they are trying to determine the source of the Legionella that made three people in McHenry ill. All live at McHenry Villa, a senior living community at 3516 W. Waukegan Rd. in McHenry; it’s possible two may have been exposed at Centegra Hospital-McHenry.

Separately, a third case has been confirmed at the Warren Barr South Loop rehabilitation facility at 1725 S. Wabash Ave.

A state public health spokesperson says the latest case there may have been exposed before the facility switched to bottled water in October. This was done at the state’s request, after the first two cases were reported.

Legionnaire’s Disease cannot be spread by human contact. Instead, it is found in complex water systems. Most people exposed to Legionella do not show any symptoms.