Nursing Home Resident Tests Positive for Legionella Bacteria

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MILTON -- A nursing home in Milton is under quarantine. It is not admitting new residents and is discouraging visits for the time being.

The quarantine comes after a resident tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

A spokesperson for Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center did not say how the patient got the legionella bacteria in their system, but that person is being treated on site.

Legionella bacteria causes Legionnaires' disease, which is a serious type of pneumonia.

The center's regional director of operations tells Newswatch 16 it is quarantined as a precautionary measure. They are not accepting new residents and are discouraging visitors, but employees may come and go.

Newswatch 16 spoke with Dr. Stanley Martin, who is the director of infectious diseases at Geisinger Health Systems. He is not treating this patient and was not familiar with this particular situation, but he tells Newswatch 16 Legionella is a bacteria that typically lives in the water. It's not an infection that can transfer from person to person. He says it is a bad pneumonia, and people can get very sick.

Legionella bacteria typically affects smokers, elderly people, and people with weak immune systems.

The center's director of operations told Newswatch 16: "Clinical protocols have been implemented as per recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health."

A spokesperson for Milton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tells Newswatch 16 they are not sure how the patient got the legionella bacteria. At this time, no one else is infected.


  • Just a Nurse

    We don’t have all the necessary information to jump to conclusions regarding the facility. Is this a short or long term resident? Were they recently out of the facility? Did family bring the resident meals? What we do know is that if it was or is in the facility’s water system then more residents would be affected. The appropriate professionals will do a root cause analysis to identify a source. Let’s not demonize long term care facilities.

    • Fredric

      Ms. Nurse,

      Thank you for your very professional and accurate information.

      Also, there seem to a lot more educated opinion on most

      Ms. More,

      I took care of my mother in her last days. We substantially agree. Hopefully Standards in nursing facilities have improved since then.

  • Feed Me More

    wanna go visit gramma little timmy? no let her rot and die in a disgusting room in a disgusting place with disgusting people all around her and then we will tell everyone how we miss and love her after we bury her in the ground. ok little tim tim sounds like a plan

    • Bob64

      Good call Ted. I found this little bit of info;

      Legionnaires’ disease takes its name from the first recognized outbreak, which occurred during a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia, in July 1976. The bacteria spread through the air conditioning system. … Legionnaires’ disease is also known as legionellosis.Jul 11, 2017

  • RicU.

    This bacteria is often found in stagnant water such as ventilation systems. Let’s be facility seems to be proactive. Previous situations have had devastating results. Meanwhile, we wait.

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