Legionnaire's Disease Bacteria Again Seen in BAMC Employee

Another employee of Brooks Army Medical Center has tested positive for the bacteria which causes potentially deadly Legionnaires Disease, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

BAMC says the employee works in Building 15 at the BAMC complex, the same building where two employees tested positive for Legionnella Bacteria last August.

BAMC says the facility is not currently aware of any patients or clients who have moved through Building 15 who have symptoms of Legionnaires Disease, but, as happened last August, the building will be evacuated and thoroughly disinfected as a precaution.

Legionnaires Disease is a flu like condition which is not spread from one person to another, but is transmitted by breathing in a mist or vapor that contains the bacteria.

  The CDC says there is a low risk of Legionnaires disease for most healthy people.  It is called Legionnaire's Disease because it was first identified in attendees at a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

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