Health Officials Investigate Reported Case of Legionella in Wake of Dallas Radio Event - Radio World

Health Officials Investigate Reported Case of Legionella in Wake of Dallas Radio Event

Health Officials Investigate Reported Case of Legionella in Wake of Dallas Radio Event
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The Dallas County Health Department is looking into whether a diagnosed case of Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease, is related to that city.
One person reportedly has been diagnosed with the illness; several others reportedly have been sick.
After the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium held a meeting for participants from North and South America at the Wyndham Hotel Dallas North last month, DRM's meetings secretary was hospitalized. DRM is asking any attendees that became ill during or after the symposium to get tested for the disease.
According to an e-mail sent to each symposium participant from DRM, consortium employee Margaret Cole, who reportedly lives in Germany, was diagnosed at first with pneumonia. That diagnosis has now been changed to Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease, a lung infection, the organization stated.
A DRM spokeswoman declined comment for this story.
DRS-Continental Broadcast Marketing Manager Brett Brewer said his company is cooperating with the health department.
"We're helping by sending out e-mails to all attendees. We haven't heard a single confirmation that anyone else" has Legionnaire's, he said.
Although several DRS-Continental employees have been sick, including one employee who has pneumonia, the company doesn't know if it's related to the show or even to the hotel, Brewer said.
The symptoms of Legionnaire's Disease, DRM stated in its e-mail, include muscle aches and stiffness, joint pain, loss of energy, general discomfort, uneasiness or ill feeling (malaise), headache, fever, shaking chills, nonproductive cough, coughing of blood, shortness of breath, chest pain, diarrhea and Ataxia (lack of coordination).
DRM asked attendees of the event who became ill either during or after the symposium to get tested for Legionnaire's Disease. It invited e-mail to DRM at projectoffice@drm.org.

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