If you are an L.A. Fitness member and have been feeling ill or believe you may have been infected with Legionnaires’ disease, we can help you determine of you have a claim and are ready to immediately take action on your behalf. We are currently working with other members of L.A. Fitness that may have been infected.
We have local attorneys available to speak to you within the hour; and we work with Legionnaires experts that can help prove your claim. Just contact our office by calling 1-866-508-5373 or submitting your name and phone number on one of our web forms.
Orlando L.A. Fitness Legionnaires’ Outbreak Details
The following locations have been identified as:
- L.A. Fitness at 4792 Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida, 32811
- L.A. Fitness at 12700 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 32837 (Hunter’s Creek)
We have also been advised that there may be a similar outbreak at a Tampa L.A. Fitness location. However, this is still unconfirmed.
Local News Channel 6 report on Orlando outbreak:
Orlando L.A. Fitness Legionnaires Outbreak Email to Members
The following email was sent out to Hunters Creek L.A. Fitness members on June 9. This email was provided to us by one of our clients who is a member of that L.A. Fitness location.
June 9, 2017
INFORMATION FOR OUR GUESTS
L.A. Fitness management was recently notified by the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) that recent guests of L.A. Fitness Hunters Creek have subsequently developed Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia. L.A. Fitness Hunters Creek always puts its guests first, so although it has not been conclusively shown through testing, we want you to be aware of this possible association and provide you with some information about Legionnaires’ disease so you are informed.
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease are found in many different man-made and natural water sources that produce very fine mists or vapors. Florida Department of Health in Orange County is conducting an investigation, including water testing at the L.A. Fitness Hunters Creek location, to determine possible sources of the illness, and to see if anyone else has become ill from the disease.
What is legionellosis?
Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria and can present in two types of illness: Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia. Pontiac fever has symptoms like a mild case of the flu; it is a milder infection than Legionnaires’ disease.
Who gets legionellosis?
Anyone can get this disease; however, certain people are more likely to get legionellosis. Individuals most at-risk are smokers, the elderly, those with lung or kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, or weakened immune systems because of diseases or medications.
What are the signs of Legionnaires’ disease?
The signs of Legionnaires’ disease are the signs of pneumonia: fever, cough, shortness of breath, and flu-like symptoms such as chills and body aches.
What are the signs of Pontiac fever?
The signs of Pontiac fever are primarily fever and muscle aches.
How do you get legionellosis?
The disease is spread by inhaling aerosols of water containing the Legionella bacteria. The disease is not passed from person to person.
Is there a cure for legionellosis?
Yes. Legionnaires’ disease can be treated by commonly available antibiotics. Individuals with Pontiac fever usually have symptoms that go away without specific treatment.
How soon do signs of legionellosis appear?
Signs of the disease appear from two to fourteen days after coming in contact with these bacteria.
Why is the health department interested in cases of legionellosis?
Health care providers are asked to report to the health department all cases of legionellosis. The health department then makes inquiries to assure that exposure and risk to others is minimized.
Where can I get more information on legionellosis?
Additional information about Legionnaires’ disease can be viewed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html
What Persons Can Do to Reduce the Risk for Illness
Persons at particularly high risk for legionellosis may wish to reduce their exposures to aerosolized water by such actions:
- Not showering or using spa tubs or other equipment that produce water droplets or mists.
- Drinking bottled water rather than filling a glass or bottle with tap water.
If you experience symptoms within 14 days of exposure to aerosolized water at L.A. Fitness Hunters Creek (such as showering or using the spa) please consult with your health care provider about possible diagnosis, testing and treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about this situation, please call DOH-Orange at 407-858-1420.
These most recent outbreaks follow the recent investigation of an Ocoee, Florida L.A. Fitness for Legionnaires’ disease in April 2017, where there were three confirmed cases.
Orlando L.A. Fitness: The Florida Department of Health Investigation
Investigators from The Florida Department of Health visited the Orange Blossom Trail and Kirkman Road locations late last week to inspect the gym facilities. While results won’t be available for a couple of weeks, according to reports:
conditions were favorable for the bacteria… [and] showers and the spas at both locations were in need of treatment with a hydrochlorinated solution
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
LA Fitness sent notices to customers at the two facilities last week, warning them to watch out for any signs of Legionnaires’ disease.
Contracting Legionniares’ At The Gym
Legionnaires’ disease is produced by the Legionella bacteria. Warm, moist environments like a gym can be hospitable for the bacteria’s growth, especially when not properly disinfected on a regular basis. Additionally all water sources need to be tested for the presence of the bacteria. The potential for Legionnaires’ infection can stem from any number of water sources within the gym, including the pool, hot tub, shower, water fountain or any other water source.
Getting Help If You’ve Been Infected
If you or a loved are feeling symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, the first and most important step is to immediately seek medical attention for diagnosis and treatment. Contact us for a free consultation.
To learn more, the Florida Department of Health provides comprehensive Guidelines for Surveillance, Investigation and Control of Legionnaires Disease (PDF).
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