Update on possible Legionella exposure at the Duke Track and Field Program


DURHAM, NC – About 84 people are being treated for an illness after they were likely exposed to Legionella bacteria while attending K Academy, an adult basketball camp that ran from August 11 to 15 on the campus of the Duke University. People have reported flu-like symptoms, including fever, muscle fatigue, nausea, and respiratory distress.

No Duke student-athlete has been exposed to the bacteria or reported illness.

Duke’s infectious disease specialists worked with federal, state and local public health officials to identify the source of the exposure, which likely occurred in a training room in the Schwartz-Butters building. All people who have been exposed to the bacteria have been positively identified and have been contacted by Duke’s doctors.

Duke’s environmental health specialists have determined that the exposure was limited to the training room, which is now closed while mitigation and clean-up efforts are underway. No other space in the Schwartz-Butters building has been affected and there is no ongoing risk to employees or visitors.

Legionella is not contagious and sick people pose no risk to family members or other members of the community. All of the people who have reported illness are being treated at Duke or by their local doctors, and all are expected to make a full recovery.

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