Durham, North Carolina Nearly 84 people were exposed to the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease while attending the K Academy basketball camp at Duke University.
A Duke spokeswoman said in a press release that people at the camp were exposed to adults between August 11 and Sunday.
The individuals were cured of the disease after likely exposure to Legionella bacteria in the training room of the Schwartz-Patters Building on the campus. The training room has since been closed, and cleaning is underway.
Bacteria can also cause Pontiac fever, a milder infection than Legionnaires’ disease, which often causes fever and muscle aches.
Individuals have reported flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle fatigue, nausea, and shortness of breath. People who report their illness are either treated at Duke’s or by their personal physicians. A Duke spokeswoman said everyone was expected to make a full recovery.
A spokeswoman said everyone who was exposed to the bacteria has been in contact.
None of the Duke University students were exposed to the bacteria or reported disease.
Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria found in fresh water, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bacteria can be found in shower heads, faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains, and plumbing systems.
Symptoms that can begin two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria are cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches, and headache.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 10 people with Legionnaires’ disease die. Legionnaires’ disease is treated with antibiotics, and most patients recover completely.
In 2019, four people died of Legionnaire’s disease after attending a Mountain State Fair in western North Carolina. A report from the state Department of Health and Human Services said hot shower water sprayed into the air likely caused the outbreak, which included 136 cases of Legionnaire’s disease and one case of Pontiac fever.
Since the outbreak in Western North Carolina, the CDC has updated guidelines for hot tub displays at public events, based in part on North Carolina findings, including suggested training for hot tub owners and vendors, and recommended daily water tests.