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Lab results indicated that the Meyer’s (C4I) building at the Capodichino base of Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, is not contaminated with the Legionella species, which could lead to Legionellosis, according to a Navy news release.

U.S. and Italian officials tested the building’s water- and air-handling systems Feb. 9 after an Italian who worked in the building was diagnosed by Italian doctors with Legionellosis.

Legionellosis, a bacterial disease that can cause fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, coughing and chills, is acquired through inhalation of aerosolized water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria, and is not spread through person-to-person contact, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Sources of exposure can be contaminated water in the home, hospitals, hotels, workplaces or aerosol-producing devices in public places.

All samples were negative for the species, the release stated.

“This new data, along with the fact that there has been no increase in respiratory infections and the excellent condition and maintenance of the C4I water and air handling systems, implies that the index case of Legionellosis was contracted somewhere other than the C4I building,” reads a portion of the Navy message.

People usually at a higher risk of contamination are those with chronic breathing problems, smokers, those older than 65 years of age, or those with weakened immune systems.


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