BAMC confirms Legionnaires disease in 2 staff members
SAN ANTONIO - Two staff members working at the Brooke Army Medical Center reported Legionella Bacteria symptoms over the past week according to a press release.
This is considered an outbreak according to the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Guidelines since there have been two cases in the same facility within one year. The two individuals were working in a separate building adjacent to the hospital.
Officials temporarily relocated staff members working in the same building to an area they can continue to work. BAMC authorities are not aware of other patients or clients exhibiting the same symptoms, the release stated.
Symptoms from Legionella Bacteria can range from a mild case of the flu to Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia. The bacteria are transmitted by breathing in small droplets of water in the air containing the bacteria. Most healthy people have a low risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.