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Retirement community takes precautions after resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

Retirement community takes precautions after resident contracts Legionnaires' disease

A resident of the newest building at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville has been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a potentially deadly respiratory illness.

While it's not known how the resident got the disease, Charlestown officials have temporarily stopped tenants from moving into the Caton Woods assisted living building and have tested and disinfected the building's water system, said Dan Dunne, a spokesman for Erickson Living, Charlestown's parent company.

Dunne said the case appears to be isolated and declined to provide the age, gender or condition of the resident, who moved into the $30 million building in mid-November.

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