The Ministry of Health is investigating the circumstances surrounding a case of exposure to legionella bacteria, which may have happened on Grand Bahama, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday.
Legionella can cause a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease or a less severe illness called Pontiac fever, the symptoms of which are a fever and muscle aches.
“We have gotten the international health reporting preliminary report,” said Sands at a press conference at the Ministry of Health.
“Every single case of legionella in the world, at least for countries that are a part of the World Health Organization, is reported, and we are mandated to report it. Then we do a thorough investigation of the facility to determine whether or not they have been keeping up with the mandated HI-Vac maintenance.
“Legionella was originally described at a convention in Philadelphia and what we have found is that if air conditioner systems are not maintained adequately, this particular organism tends to grow in the water in air conditions. And so, that report now generates an investigation to determine whether or not the facilities are compliant.”