EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSUnconfirmed Legionnaires' Pneumonia Case Leads To Capitol Concerns
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 11, 2013 3:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 11, 2013 6:54 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A possible Legionnaire's case at the Capitol sent some state workers home Thursday.
Health officials said involved an employee at the West Virginia Department of Education.
Employees of Building 6 at the Capitol complex say one man on the third floor was sick after he allegedly contracted Legionnaire’s disease, a common illness that comes from bacteria in water.
Employees also confirmed that an email was sent to employees telling them to work from home Thursday. However many of them decided to still come to work
This isn't the first time a health scare has kept workers from coming to work. A few years ago Building 5 had a similar problem.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Legionella are found naturally in the environment, usually in water.
They spread when people breathe in a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. The bacteria are not spread person to person, and most people exposed do not become ill.
A case of what is believed to be Legionnaires' pneumonia has led to environmental concerns for some employees at the West Virginia Capitol.
The case, involving an employee at the West Virginia Department of Education, led to some Capitol employees working from home on Thursday.
The Department of Education is working with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department during the investigation.
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