December 15, 2017 — Ford has confirmed that a “low concentration” of Legionella was found in the cooling tower of a plant in Claycomo, Missouri where a factory worker was hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease.
A factory worker at the Ford plant in Claycomo was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at a hospital in Kansas City at the end of November 2017.
Ford claims that the amount of Legionella is “very low and does not present a health risk to our workers.” The company issued the following statement:
“When routine testing detected a low concentration of legionella bacteria in an outside cooling tower, we quickly disinfected that location and notified our workforce.”
The worker who fell ill is a woman who has been in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks. She also underwent surgery at Liberty Hospital. Her family believes she was infected with Legionella while working at the Ford Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia (lung infection) that is caused by breathing Legionella bacteria in the air. The bacteria is commonly found in water and it spreads when people breathe tiny droplets of water in the air.
Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease are commonly traced to buildings with cooling towers, complex water systems, air conditioning, fountains, hot tubs, pools, or showers.
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