5th case of Legionnaires' Disease found in Wilson

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 20, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.



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WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A fifth case of Legionnaires' Disease has been reported at a Wilson County facility.

Health officials say a fifth person was diagnosed with the lung ailment Thursday at Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Services.

Legionnaires' is a form of bacterial pneumonia. A person may develop Legionnaires' if exposed to legionella through breathing contaminated mist or vapor. It cannot be transmitted from person to person.

Four people affected are recovering, and a fifth was taken to a hospital for treatment. The home's administrator, Peggy Bulluck, has said she and her staff are working with county health officials and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor the situation and prevent the illness from spreading.

Health officials said a full cleaning of facility water lines was expected to be complete by Friday.

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