Local YMCA closes whirlpool as Legionnaires' cases investigated

Legionnaire's Disease a respiratory bacterial infection spread through mist from water source. (MGN/file)

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The whirlpool at the Waco Family YMCA at 6800 Harvey Rd. is closed while the Waco-McLennan County Health District investigates two cases of Legionnaires' disease.

“Exposure to the Legionella bacteria may have occurred at the Waco Family YMCA,” Rodney Martin, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Texas, said in a public notice to visitors.

“Hot tubs specifically are a potential source and in both instances there was exposure in the hot tub area.”

“While the source of the bacteria has not yet been determined, the Waco Family YMCA is working closely with the health department to follow appropriate steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our members and guests,” Martin said in an email Tuesday.

The whirlpool will remain closed over the next few weeks until water testing is completed, the organization said.

“The Waco Family YMCA will remain open to members, guests and program participants as all other areas of the Y are accessible including the pool, gym, fitness, group exercise spaces and more. The restricted area will not affect the operations of the Y or its ability to serve its guests,” the organization said.

Anyone who visited the Waco Family YMCA from Feb. 4 to Feb. 21 and has become ill with symptoms of pneumonia should see a health care provider to be evaluated for possible Legionnaires' disease, Martin said in the notice.