Reynoldsburg News

Legionnaires’ outbreak now ‘largest in Ohio’s history’


The outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at Reynoldsburg’s Wesley Ridge Retirement Community is now the largest in the state’s history, according to Mitzi Kline from Franklin County Public Health.

Kline confirmed today, Aug. 6, that there are now 39 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease and six deaths due to contamination of the water system at Wesley Ridge.

“This is the largest Legionella outbreak in Ohio history,” Kline said.

She said the six who died were all residents at Wesley Ridge. Eight visitors and one Wesley Ridge employee also contracted the disease.

Kline said 32 people were ill enough to be hospitalized; those who contracted the disease ranged in age from 63 to 99.

For more on this story, see the Aug. 8 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.