By Jory Lange
Two people in Waco have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after using a local YMCA’s hot tub. The Waco-McClennan County Health District is investigating the Waco Family YMCA located at 6800 Harvey Rd., Waco, Texas. The hot tub is expected to be closed for the next few weeks, while the water undergoes testing for Legionella bacteria.
Rodney Martin, CEO of YMCA of Central Texas, stated, “Exposure to the Legionella bacteria may have occurred at the Waco Family YMCA. Hot tubs specifically are a potential source and in both instances there was exposure in the hot tub area.”
Further, Martin said, “While the source of the bacteria has not yet been determined, the Waco Family YMCA is working closely with the health department to follow appropriate steps to protect the health and well being of our members and guests.”
YMCA is urging anyone who developed pneumonia-like symptoms after using the Waco Family YMCA hot tub between February 4 and February 21 to see their doctor. Any such person exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms should be checked out for possible Legionnaires’ disease.