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Legionella bacteria found in Batavia schools

Updated: October 4, 2012 9:58PM

BATAVIA — Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, has been 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 released a letter Thursday to parents of students at the affected schools saying 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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