By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe

Just yesterday, the Salem Board of Health confirmed two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Pequot Highlands apartment complex. The investigation is currently ongoing on this Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

Legionella pneumophila bacteria/CDC

Not much has been released about the sick residents, but it has been confirmed that the apartment complex’s water supply, in various locations throughout the building, has tested positive for legionella – the bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease. The complex is currently undergoing sanitization of its water system. The apartment complex is also changing shower heads in each unit. 

All residents were made aware of the situation, and two independent environmental testing companies, RPF Environmental and The Metro Group, Inc., were hired. At this time, anyone showing any signs or symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease should seek medical treatment.