Legionnaire’s Disease Update

Dear Tanglewood Residents:

On Friday (7/16), we informed you that community management became aware that a Tanglewood resident had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease. Hometown talked directly with the Health Department of Highlands County, who stated that they did not have any reason to believe that the resident contracted the disease at Tanglewood. The chemicals in the community pool are inspected daily and our restrooms and other water features are thoroughly cleaned on a routine basis.

Since Friday , a resident informed Hometown that they are likely the positive case in question. According to the resident, they were diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease while out of state but had to report it to their local doctor upon return to Sebring.

This new information makes it very unlikely that there are any concerns with the Tanglewood facilities. Additionally, according to the CDC and the health department, Legionnaires’ Disease is rarely transferred from person to person. That said, out of an abundance of caution, Hometown is still moving forward with having a third party thoroughly clean all community bathrooms, showers, sinks, and laundry facilities.

As a reminder, we highly recommend that residents review the CDC’s guidance for homeowners found at [ http://www.cdc.gov/legionella | www.cdc.gov/legionella ] , and take the simple, preventative steps to minimize the risk of Legionella bacteria growing in the home.

Have a great week.

 

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