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Legionella Confirmed at Capitol

Story by WBGZ Radio

It's official. Test results show potentially lethal Legionella bacteria has been found in the 14 building State Capitol Complex. 300 water tests showed four confirmed readings of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Two positive results came from the cooling tower in the Central Management Services’ computer center, another was found in the women's restroom in the basement of the Howlett Building.

That's the building next to the Capitol that serves as the headquarters for the Secretary of State's office. The fourth positive test was uncovered at an industrial humidifier in the Capitol Building's south wing. State officials say efforts are underway to drain and disinfect those areas and a water flushing program is underway throughout the Capitol Complex to maximize fresh water running through the pipes and fixtures. Aerators have been removed and showers disabled to prevent Legionella issues. There are no reports of illness from the Capitol and this week's email to state workers calls the spread of the bacteria unlikely.

 

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