Legionella Outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital
Franklin County Public Health is working with Mount Carmel Grove City, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak at the Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital. The source of the outbreak was the potable water system.
June 24, 2019
Due to the fact that the time period for the onset of symptoms has passed since water restrictions and corrective action was taken by Mount Carmel Grove City and no additional cases have been identified, we will only post information if something changes. Franklin County Public Health will continue to closely monitor the situation.
|Confirmed Case Data from 6/24/2019|
|Age Range||48-90 years|
|Average Age||69 years|
|Gender||9 female||7 male|
|Hospital Exposure Date Range||04/28/2019-05/31/2019|
|Jurisdiction||6 Franklin County|
|7 Columbus City|
|1 Pickaway County|
|2 Out of State|
|** Cause of death has not been determined|
What is Legionnaires’ Disease?
Legionnaires’ Disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium. Although Legionella can live in fresh water, it’s often associated with large or complex water systems that are usually found in hospitals, nursing homes or hotels. You cannot get Legionnaires’ Disease from another person. You can only get it by breathing in small water droplets that contain Legionella from sources such as hot tubs or showers.
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches
Anyone who was a patient, worked or visited Mount Carmel Grove City should take care to watch for symptoms. If you have symptoms or concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.
For other questions or concerns, please call Franklin County Public Health at (614) 525-6687 or call Mount Carmel’s hotline at (614) 265-8111. You can also visit their website for more information.