An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a seniors’ residence in the West Island has taken two seniors to hospital while five others have fallen ill.
The cases happened at the Sunrise Residence in Dollard des Ormeaux.
In an email to Global News, a spokesman writes that the water cooling system in the Sunrise Residence has been decontaminated.
“Our infection prevention and control team has been deployed to support the residence (Sunrise) and take all measures to ensure the safety of its residents,” said Hélène Bergeron-Gamache. It goes on to say: “The epidemiological investigation continues to ensure that the outbreak is well under control.”
Two residents were hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease and several others contracted Pontiac fever, a flu-like illness, according to a spokesman for Sunrise headquarters.
“Our primary concern is the safety of our residents,” Sunrise’s John Chibnall wrote in an email to Global News. “We continue to monitor the situation in the community to ensure we are meeting the needs of our residents and their families.”
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Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the bacterium Legionella. Its source is usually contaminated cooling systems used for large air conditioning systems. But the bacteria can also be traced back to other water sources, such as B. Massive ventilation systems that use water.
“There’s an increase in cases almost every summer in Quebec,” said Dr. Donald Vinh, a MUHC infectious disease specialist, told Global News.
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“Because it’s an infection of the lungs, it can cause things like fever, cough, difficulty breathing and mild chest pain,” he said.
People often get sick from inhaling water droplets containing the bacteria. Elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk, but unlike COVID-19, Legionella is not contagious.
“It may seem like there is human-to-human transmission, but in fact it’s often due to a shared water source,” said Dr. Vinh. “It really requires special tests in hospitals to confirm the diagnosis. Things like an X-ray.”
According to Bergeron-Gamache, officials are doing everything they can to ensure no one gets sick at Sunrise.
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