MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — On Tuesday, the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Health confirmed that a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
Legionellosis is a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms. Officials say the patient is receiving treatment and is doing well. They also say a second suspected case is currently being treated and results are pending.
DMHAS and DPH say they are working to determine the source of the bacteria. Legionella is typically found in soil and water and grows best in warm water. When the bacteria becomes airborne, officials say it can cause a serious form of pneumonia, especially in individuals with lung conditions or compromised immune systems.
Officials say this is not unusual to be seen in Connecticut and that 50-80 cases are typically diagnosed each year. Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted from person to person.
Officials say this case of Legionnaires’ is different from the recent outbreak in New York City, which was caused by contaminated water in large cooling towers on top of a hospital in the Bronx. Water dripping from the cooling towers was responsible for transmitting legionella to pedestrians, patients, and hospital staff walking on the sidewalks below.