Maine well-being officers this week launched the bacteria accountable for Legionnaires disease — an excessive kind of pneumonia — has been detected in samples from the Orono-Veazie Water District, a water utility agency located in Orono.
The Orono-Veazie Water District is rising chlorine ranges to take away the bacteria.
The water continues to be safe to drink, Jackie Farwell, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, instructed the Bangor Daily News.
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“Customers of the Orono-Veazie Water District may smell chlorine in their water,” she acknowledged. “This increased level of chlorine is not harmful, and the water remains safe to drink and use. Residents in the area do not need to take any action in response to the test results or higher chlorine levels.”
Farwell added: “Particularly in light of high temperatures expected this weekend, Maine CDC urges residents not to avoid drinking water from this water district, as Legionella bacteria are not transmitted through the act of drinking water.”
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged in the most recent public properly being advisory that six confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have occurred since November 2018 in the Bangor area. The state well-being firm is now investigating if these cases is also linked to the Orono-Veazie Water District. That acknowledged, the Maine CDC acknowledged it “has not identified a common exposure among cases” in the intervening time.
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Legionnaires’ disease is a “severe form of pneumonia,” in accordance with the Mayo Clinic, which explains pneumonia is the irritation of the lung that is typically attributable to an infection.
“You can’t catch Legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria,” the Mayo Clinic states, noting that older adults, people who smoke or those with “weakened immune systems” are basically essentially the most inclined.
Legionella pneumophila, a bacterium, is often the explanation for the illness. It will likely be found in soil and water, nevertheless further typically trigger an infection when it multiplies in water strategies, akin to scorching tubs and air conditioners.