QUINCY, ILL - The Adams County Health Department has confirmed eight cases of Legionnaires' disease in veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Currently there have been no deaths from the illness.
Legionella bacteria grow in areas of warm water.
In order to be infected with the bacteria, a person must inhale contaminated water vapor.
Legionnaires' disease cannot be transmitted person-to-person.
Common water sources include decorative fountains, hot tubs, shower areas, and cooling towers.
"Legionnaires' disease can be a dangerous illness, especially in older adults who have weaker immune systems," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah. "While there can be numerous causes of respiratory illness, we will continue to work with our public health partners and local healthcare providers to quickly identify residents who may have Legionnaires' disease and get them treatment as soon as possible."
Test results are currently pending for other residents.