Wayne State contract workers diagnosed with Legionnaires'
Two contracted workers for a Wayne State University construction project have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, the school announced Monday.
"The health departments in Detroit and the counties in which the workers live have confirmed the cases," representatives said in a statement. "The individuals are currently receiving medical treatment."
The workers were part of a firm working on the new Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments.
It is unclear where the pair contracted the illness, which is not spread through person-to-person contact in a public setting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PathCon Laboratories, the university's legionella remediation experts, have tested and retested all cooling towers on campus, the school said.
They found low or non-detectable levels of legionella bacteria in all sites except Towers Residential Suites, which is expected to remain out of operation "until we get consistently acceptable test results in that location," WSU officials said.
The Detroit Health Department is reviewing remediation plans and will approve measures to put the cooling tower back online.
The latest diagnoses are the third in the last two month at the university.
In May, the university announced an employee had been diagnosed with the illness.
On-campus testing began soon after.
Wayne State leaders are urging anyone who has symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease to seek medical treatment immediately.
The disease is treatable with antibiotics when caught early. Symptoms include coughing, fever, aches and pains, chills and occasionally nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Legionnaires' can be contracted by breathing in mist containing the freshwater-borne bacteria, according to the CDC.