2 dead in outbreak at Ohio retirement community

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials in a central Ohio county have confirmed that two people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a retirement community.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1brcwQn) reports that of the 16 people who have been affected by the disease one died this week and another one the week before. The names and ages of the deceased have not being released. Five people remain hospitalized.

The newspaper reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak.

About 200 seniors live at the affected Wesley Ridge Retirement Community outside Columbus. The first case was reported July 9.

Legionnaires’ is not contagious. It is contracted by breathing in contaminated mist or vapor.

Residents have not been allowed to shower at the facility since the first case was confirmed.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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