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Legionella bacteria found at three Batavia schools

Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, was detected at three Batavia schools, officials said Thursday.

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

Batavia District 101 Superintendent Dr. Jack Barshinger said in a letter to parents of students at the affected schools that traces of the bacteria were detected at Alice Gustafson Elementary School, Hoover-Wood Elementary School and Batavia High School.

The possibility of contacting Legionnaires’ disease from the traces found at the schools is extremely low and the affected sites have been secured, according to the superintendent.

No related illnesses have been reported, according to the letter.

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