Ford Reopens Cleveland Plant after Legionnaires' Outbreak
March 28, 2001
Ford Motor Company reopened its casting plant outside Cleveland, OH, after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease killed two workers. The plant, which has been shuttered since Wednesday, reopened Monday at midnight. There were four confirmed cases of Legionnaires' among the plant's 2,500 employees and two workers died of the disease, which is caused by a water-borne bacteria often inhaled in contaminated vapor from air conditioners or steam. State and local health authorities had not yet been able to pinpoint the exact source of the disease, but the plant has been thoroughly scrubbed down with chlorine, among other chemicals, and scalding water. For more information on the outbreak, visit The News at http://www.achrnews.com.