The water at Westminster Towers retirement community has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
Spokesman Kent Donahue said Tuesday that the Health Department tested “pre-remediation” water samples and recommended that Westminster “hyperchlorinate” its water systems — a common procedure used to reduce the presence of the Legionella bacteria.
Westminster — a downtown Orlando complex that houses more than 300 people — hired a water treatment company to treat its systems in July after a former resident contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and potentially deadly form of pneumonia.
Donahue did not say whether the Health Department plans to take additional samples, since Westminster hired a third-party company to treat the water.
Wes Meltzer, communications director at Westminster Towers, said the residence’s clinical staff has conducted regular screenings but has not reported any other cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the complex.
Westminster sent a letter to residents July 12 alerting them and providing information on Legionnaires’ disease and how to detect symptoms.
Neither the complex nor the Health Department would provide more information about the status of the former resident.