Bacteria linked to Legionnaires' disease found at the state capitol

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The bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease has been found in the water systems of the state capitol complex in Springfield.

Deputy Governor Trey Childress sent a memo to employees about 7 pm on Monday saying preliminary test results indicate the possible presence of legionella bacteria in the hot water system of the complex's 14 buildings.

The tests do not confirm that the bacteria are alive so more tests are coming.

The memo said the transmission is unlikely during normal business operations because the disease is not spread from person to person or by drinking water, but by inhaling vapors from a contaminated water source.

The water supply was tested after a pipe burst on January 10th.

Legionnaires’ is the disease that killed 13 residents of a state veteran home in Quincy.

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