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Legionella bacteria found in three Batavia schools

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Potentially deadly Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires' disease, was found at three schools in the west suburb Batavia.

The disease was responsible for the deaths of three guests at the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel in the summer.

Inspectors found the Legionella bacteria during a first proactive water quality test, which will be conducted every six months.

The bacteria was detected in water fixtures at District 101's Alice Gustafson Elementary, Hoover Wood Elementary, and Batavia High School. Those water fixtures include some shower heads in the girls varsity locker rooms at the high school, and bathroom faucets at the elementary schools.

No children have gotten sick, although the areas where the bacteria were found are sealed off.

Schools are stressing parents do not need to panic and not because the levels of the bacteria are reportedly very low. They have closed down the affected areas for clean-up.

Very few people actually get legionnaire's disease when they are even exposed to the bacteria. It's a very severe phenomenon of pneumonia contacted when one inhales a water vapor mist that is contaminated.

Schools will be open Friday, as the district posted on its website.

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