COC Facutly Member Diagnosed With Legionnaires’ Disease

by Austin Dave, Staff Writer 409 views4

College of the Canyons confirms that a faculty member has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease. The faculty member works primarily on the 3rd Floor in Seco Hall. A second faculty member may have also contracted the disease. That faculty member is awaiting test results to confirm whether or not they have been infected with the disease.

Legionnaires’ Disease is not contagious and is contracted by water that has Legionella bacteria in it, or through inhalation of the bacteria.

Legionnaires’ Disease is a more acute form of Legionellosis that causes pneumonia. Symptoms often include chills, fever, and chest pain. Symptoms could also include muscle ache, headaches, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

COC says there no reason to believe that the 1st and 2nd floors of Seco Hall would be affected including class schedules.

  • Scholar

    Scary…epidemic starting?

  • Parent

    How can they say they believe there is no danger when they don’t even yet know the source?

    A recent research study provided evidence that Legionella pneumophila, the causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease, can travel at least 6 km from its source by airborne spread. It was previously believed that transmission of the bacterium was restricted to much shorter distances

  • Stephanie Garris

    My heart goes out to the newly diseased teacher, what a tragic and unforeseen event. Who knew water could not be trusted, not I. Not I.

  • Jeff B

    Nice to be informed…I don’t usually drink water from the campus, but now at least I know to avoid it in the first place! Hopefully everyone infected will be alright and recover quickly!