Case of Legionnaires' Disease Reported at Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach: Official

The district provided bottled water for students and staff, Broward schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew said

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:45 AM EDT
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A robo call message was sent to Olsen Middle School parents after a case of Legionnaires' disease was reported at the Dania Beach school, a Broward County schools spokeswoman said.

“We are working with the Health Department and the school district staff regarding this issue and are taking every precaution to ensure that our school remains a safe learning environment for our students and staff,” the message said.

Spokeswoman Nadine Drew confirmed the person affected was not a student but gave no other information on the victim.

People get Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor that has been contaminated with the bacteria, which are not spread from one person to another, the message said.

Signs and symptoms of the disease include high fever, chills, coughing, muscle aches and headaches. A child who exhibits any of those symptoms should be taken immediately to a health care provider, the district told parents.

The district provided bottled water for students and staff as a safety precaution, Drew said in a statement.

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