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5th case of Legionnaires' Disease at Wilson nursing home

Posted June 19, 2014 4:26 p.m. EDT

— A fifth person was diagnosed Thursday with Legionnaires' Disease linked to Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Services, according to the county health department.

Earlier in the week, four cases of the lung ailment were identified at the nursing home. Each of those people is recovering. The fifth person was taken to an area hospital for treatment, a spokeswoman from the Wilson County Health Department said.

Legionnaires' is a form of bacterial pneumonia. A person may develop Legionnaires' if exposed to legionella through breathing contaminated mist or vapor. It cannot be transmitted from person to person.

The home's administrator, Peggy Bulluck, says she and her staff are working with the Wilson County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control to monitor the situation and prevent the spread of the illness. A full cleaning of facility water lines was expected to be complete by Friday.