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Raeford nursing home responds after Legionnaire's disease found

Posted September 23, 2014

Autumn Care of Raeford
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— A Hoke County nursing home is taking precautions after three residents were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.

The first case at Autumn Care of Raeford, on North Fulton Street, was discovered Aug. 28. Two additional cases were discovered after all patients were tested.

Legionnaire's disease is found in water and air conditioning systems, so Hoke County Health Director Helene Edwards implemented changes to prevent it from spreading.

"Went to the facility, checked out all the areas where there could be possible sources of the legionellosis bacteria," Edwards said Tuesday. "They went ahead and turned the water off at that point and brought in bottled water to use."

Water has since been restored to 70 percent of the building, she said, and the nursing home is installing special micron filters to address the problem.

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  • btneast Sep 24, 2014

    Why is the county taking over for the city, is their system that bad? Did the city fail to protect these people? Most all Health Departments are county run.....I don't think there are any "city" health departments, regardless of the size of the town.

  • Jump1 Sep 24, 2014

    Why is the county taking over for the city, is their system that bad? Did the city fail to protect these people?

  • Andy Hairston Sep 24, 2014
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    It was named after an outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in 1976.

  • proudgrandmomma Sep 24, 2014

    Who was this disease name for? I know about Lou Gerrig disease because he was a baseball man,, but I never heard of Mr. (or Mrs?) Leggionare. Prayer's to there family though.