October 23, 2018

County moving forward with legionnaires’ disease testing

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MIO — The county has decided where it will be testing for legionnaires’ disease.

The reason for testing stems from a county clerk’s office employee being diagnosed with the disease. It is not known whether or not this person contracted the sickness while in the county, as they had recently traveled to other places in the state.

County Commissioner Jack Kischnick said although the groups he talked to don’t believe the sickness originated in the county, it’s safer to test than simply let it go.

“Everyone I’ve talked to sees no way we could have this,” Kischnick said. “… The recommendation was to have us take some samples and get them analyzed to be 100 percent sure we don’t have it.”

Kischnick said he has four containers he will use to send the samples to a lab called Biological Resource Solutions. He said one sample each will be taken from both modular units that house the clerk’s office and the treasury and equalization departments. Samples will also be taken from the community center and the county annex building.

It was suggested the county test the sheriff department as well, but Sheriff Kevin Grace said the department already receives a yearly report on its water quality, so additional testing is not needed.

Each sample tested will cost the county $65. Kischnick said that was the lowest price he found out of multiple places he checked. The county has budgeted up to $350 for the testing.

As of now there is no time frame for when the county will receive the results of the testing.

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