Batavia Students Return to Class After Legionella Scare

Small amounts of the bacteria were found last week at three schools

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Class is back in session Tuesday at three schools in west suburban Batavia after a scare over bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.

    Small amounts of Legionella bacteria were found last week on drinking fountains at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, Hoover-Wood Elementary School and Batavia High School.

    Crews cleared the schools over the long Columbus Day weekend and say they're good to go.

    Batavia District 101 superintendent Dr. Jack Barshinger released a letter last week to parents of students at the affected schools saying the possibility of contacting Legionnaires’ disease from the traces found at the schools is extremely low.

    No related illnesses have been reported.

    Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in mist or vapors from water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria and usually develops two to 14 days after exposure. It frequently begins with headache, high fever and chills, and progresses by the second or third day to include a cough, chest pain and shortness of breath.

    The disease was responsible for the deaths of three guests at the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel in the summer.