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Respiratory illness reappears at senior living facility in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) – St. John’s on Fountain Lake confirms one of its patients contracted Legionnaire’s disease, a potentially fatal sickness that has symptoms similar to pneumonia or the flu.

Water testing samples from the facility indicate the same bacteria that sickened five patients last summer is back.

The center is working to clean all water pipes, which is also what crews did last time, but is now talking with a consulting firm about a permanent solution.

“They have recommended that we put this treatment center in at both water mains,” said St. John’s Lutheran Community CEO Scot Spates. “So as the water is coming into the building, it will be treated immediately before it gets distributed throughout all four buildings.”

The exact source of the contamination is still undetermined, as the Legionella bacteria must be breathed in to cause sickness.

The patient who contracted the disease is now in improving.

Alex Tejada

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