According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that often requires antibiotics and hospital care. The CDC says most cases can be treated successfully, and healthy people usually get better, but about 10 percent die due to complications.
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A May 7 CDC document says the coronavirus-related shutdown of schools and other large facilities could increase risks of Legionella bacteria if water in pipes sits stagnant or isn’t flushed for longer periods than normal.
Basson said after disinfecting and flushing the water system Wednesday, the contractor will return Monday to retest the water.
The Kettering school district has been working with the Ohio Department of Health and with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County for the past week.
“We will take their directives moving forward because there are certain protocols we’re going to have to follow from here on out to ensure there are no issues again,” Basson said.
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