Officers searching for extra circumstances

(BCN) — Well being officers are searching for individuals who might have been on the Zen Day Spa in Richmond over the previous two weeks, which was visited by three folks — together with two who died final week — who not too long ago contracted Legionnaire’s illness. Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chairperson John Gioia, who represents Richmond on the board, stated Monday that it’s crucial for anybody who visited the spa come ahead instantly.

Gioia can be calling on Contra Costa Well being to research and establish unpermitted spas all through the county. He stated Zen Day Spa didn’t have the required county environmental well being allow from the well being division and he’s ready to search out out if it had a required use allow from the Metropolis of Richmond.

“Proper now, the emphasis is monitoring down individuals who have been there the previous two weeks,” Gioia stated. “It’s a bit like contact tracing.”

The spa was closed Friday after two folks died on Thursday and Friday. Well being officers stated each folks had visited the spa, at 12230 San Pablo Ave., simply days earlier than getting sick. A 3rd individual, who used the jacuzzi on the spa in June, has recovered from the illness.

Gioia stated officers are additionally wanting on the constructing’s air flow system and whether or not the micro organism — which is often transmitted by air — may have unfold into two adjoining companies. Well being officers are nonetheless awaiting lab check outcomes to substantiate whether or not the spa was certainly the supply of transmission.

The micro organism is discovered pure freshwater sources similar to lakes and streams and might trigger a extreme type of pneumonia when folks breathe in contaminated water droplets, similar to mist in a scorching tub or through the usage of hoses, in response to CCH. Legionnaires’ illness doesn’t usually unfold from individual to individual and is treatable with antibiotics.

Seniors, people who smoke, persistent lung illness sufferers and different immunocompromised people are at larger threat of Legionnaires’ illness. Signs embody shortness of breath, fever, chills and cough.

Anybody who visited the Zen Day Spa over the previous two weeks ought to contact the Contra Costa Well being’s Communicable Illness Division at (925) 313-6740.

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