4 L.A. Fitness patrons contract Legionnaires' disease, officials say

3 cases reported at L.A. Fitness in central Florida in April


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health has confirmed four cases of Legionnaires' disease at two L.A. Fitness gyms in central Florida.

The cases in Orange County were linked to gyms on Kirkman Road in MetroWest and Orange Blossom Trail in Hunter's Creek.

Health inspectors went to the locations on Friday and found conditions were favorable for the bacteria. Officials said the outbreaks occurred at the Kirkman location in late May and the Hunter's Creek location in either late February or late May.

Showers and the spas at both locations were in need of treatment with a hydrochlorinated solution, officials said.

This week's outbreak is the third L.A. Fitness location in the area that was found to have favorable conditions for the disease in recent months. In April, the Florida Department of Health confirmed three cases of the disease from people who were all members of the L.A. Fitness on Silver Star Road in Ocoee.

Previously, the disease was found at the L.A. Fitness on Michigan and Conway in 2008 and the Waterford Lakes location in 2010.

Legionnaires' disease is spread by the legionella bacteria, which, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can grow and multiply in various parts of a building's water system.

The CDC said the bacteria grows best in warm water and can cause pneumonia-like symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fever and headaches.