Construction Site May Be Source Of Legionnella In Batavia: Health Officials

Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, illustration work in high details

BATAVIA (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A construction site near a Batavia assisted living facility where there has been an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease is being investigated as a potential source of the bacteria.

That’s what Illinois Department of Public Health officials tell WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser.

The site in question is over the Fabyan Parkway Bridge over the Fox River, which is near the Covenenant Living in Holmstad retirement home.

Twelve residents were sickened at the residential complex, as were two other people who live nearby but who have no connection to it. 

Construction crews have been using pressure washers on the project, and water is what carries the Legionella bacteria.

City officials say the bacteria did not come from the local water supply.

If the construction equipment is found to be the source of the problem, that could affect an even wider pool of people who have driven by.