Wake County, North Carolina – Wake County Public Health said it was alerting the community on Friday to two cases of diagnosed veterans.
Before she fell ill, Wake County Public Health said the two people visited the Clarion Point Wake Forest Hotel. The county said both people are recovering after treatment.
Legionnaire’s disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a type of bacterium called Legionella that is usually found in water.
Dr. Alexa Missis Malchuk of the University of North Carolina said: “Legislative disease is rare but serious. It looks like any other case of pneumonia. The only way to know if they are soldiers or not is to get tested. »
Malchuk said the bacteria do not usually spread from person to person, but can be very dangerous to some.
“People with weakened immune systems, the elderly and anyone with any type of chronic lung disease, including smoking,” Malchuk said.
Wake County says it encourages anyone who visits the hotel between May 1 and June 2 to be monitored for symptoms and to see a primary care physician or the Primary Care Clinic if symptoms occur. manifest.
Signs and symptoms of veterans’ disease include:
- Shortness of breath
- muscle pain
Most healthy people who are exposed to the bacterium do not get sick. Age 50 or older or the presence of certain risk factors may increase your chances of developing the disease. These may be people who:
- current or former smokers
- You have chronic lung disease
- Your immune system is weakened by diseases such as cancer, diabetes or kidney failure.
- Take medications that weaken the immune system
Anyone with questions can contact Wake County Public Health at 919-250-1029. If no one responds to this line over the weekend, please leave a message and someone will respond.
Wake County Public Health and Environmental Services in Wake County, as well as the North Carolina Department of Public Health, said they are currently investigating all potential sources of exposure to Legionella in these two cases.