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Bacteria linked to Legionnaires' disease found in water supply at Berlin High School

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Bacteria linked to Legionnaires' disease found in water supply at Berlin High School (WFSB) Bacteria linked to Legionnaires' disease found in water supply at Berlin High School (WFSB)
BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Parents in Berlin were notified about Legionella bacteria being found in the water systems at Berlin High School.

Officials said after receiving results on Oct. 20, they consulted with the Central Connecticut Health District, and a contractor was contacted to disinfect the affected systems.

Officials said that was completed on Oct. 22.

The letter said after consulting with a health director, “we do not believe these findings pose an increased risk to the health of students and staff.”

The bacteria can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, which is a type of pneumonia.

Legionella is naturally found in the environment, typically in water, but people can get sick when they breathe in the contaminated water vapor.

The bacteria is not spread from person-to-person. People at higher risk of getting sick are those who are over the age of 50, current or former smokers, and those with a weakened immune system.

About 50 cases of Legionnaires' disease are reported each year to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The last case of Legionnaires' disease in Berlin was reported in 2011.

School district officials said they are taking additional steps to ensure the maximum effectiveness of its water treatment.

For more information on Legionella, click here.

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