Kane County Health Department

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The Kane County Health Department confirmed this week that four more cases of Legionnaires disease have been confirmed at a Batavia senior living home.

In a statement, Kane County Health Dept. Executive Director Barbara Jeffers said that, "two cases were reported to us this week, we received word of an early-onset case from mid-August and an additional case reported this past Saturday" at Covenant Living at the Holmstad in Batavia.

WSPY reported last week that four cases were identified at the facility. Legionnaires' disease is a serious lung infection people can get by breathing in small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria. Outbreaks are most commonly associated with buildings or structures that have complex water systems, such as cruise ships, hotels, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Officials say they are working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Covenant Living to monitor the situation.

Officials added that Covenant Living has kept residents and employees informed of the situation and has been collaborating with both the state and county on proactive measures underway at the senior living community.

Water testing results are still pending to determine if there is a source of bacteria on the campus. Under advisement from several agencies, the campus is continuing to welcome visitors and maintain regular operations.