Third confirmed case of Legionella bacteria at BAMC

Brooke Army Medical Center (Photo: SBG San Antonio)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center say a staff member was confirmed to have Legionella bacteria Tuesday.

According to a new release Wednesday, this week's confirmed case follows the two other cases that were reported in August. It states that because two or more cases associated with the same facility (Building #15) or other common location have been confirmed within 365 days, the event is considered an "outbreak" according to the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Guidelines.

BAMC said they "are not currently aware of any patients or clients who have moved through Building #15 who are exhibiting symptoms," but testing is ongoing to determine if the building is the source of the bacteria. As a precaution, they are relocating staff members who work in the facility to another location.

The symptoms of Legionnaires range from a flu-like illness to a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. The bacteria are not spread from one person to another but by breathing in a mist or vapor that contains the bacteria.

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