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Two patients at Advocate Christ Medical Center (photo) in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a serious form of pneumonia, in the past two months

Mysterious outbreak Legionnaires disease that infected three patients and a hospital worker who was taken back to suburban Illinois hospital

  • A cluster of Legionnaires Disease can be traced back to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Three patients – two in the last two months – and one employee were diagnosed with the infection
  • Veteran disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria
  • Most recover with antibiotics, but people with a weakened immune system can form neurological complications that can be fatal
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A mysterious outbreak of veteran disease has been associated with a suburban Illinois hospital.

All four cases are traced to Advocate Christ Medical Center at Oak Lawn, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said on Thursday.

Legionaries & # 39; is a serious form of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of water droplets containing legionella bacteria and which can cause deadly neurological complications if left untreated.

Health officials say that three of those infected are former patients and one is a hospital worker.

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Two patients at Advocate Christ Medical Center (photo) in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a serious form of pneumonia, in the past two months

Two patients at Advocate Christ Medical Center (photo) in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a serious form of pneumonia, in the past two months

According to the IDPH, the cases were first reported in 2018. Two of the cases were reported by hospital patients in the past two months.

Health officials will go to this hospital this week to collect water samples to test bacteria.

Unlike other diseases, which are transmitted through personal contact, patients become ill by breathing in small droplets of water with legionalla bacteria.

The bacteria can multiply in places such as hot tubs, water tanks and large sanitary systems.

Symptoms develop between two and ten days after inhaling legionella bacteria. The disease usually starts with headache, chills, high fever and muscle aches.

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On the second or third day, the symptoms progressed to coughing, chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

About 10,000 and 18,000 Americans are infected each year, with 300 of them in Illinois.

Most people recover with antibiotics, but people with a weakened immune system or with chronic lung diseases can form neurological complications that can be fatal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten people die with the disease.

The IDPH has opened an investigation, which is currently limited to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

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However, this is not the first time the agency has examined the hospital for Legionnaires' disease.

An investigation was opened in March at the University of Chicago Medical Center after two patients had contracted the infection, reported NBC Chicago.

Then, in April, the IDPH investigated after two patients were infected with Legionnaires at the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.

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