October 5, 2023

MARTINEZ — A sizzling tub at a Richmond day spa was the probably supply the place micro organism grew and triggered a Legionnaires’ illness breakout that killed two folks and sickened at the least two extra earlier this month, well being officers mentioned Monday.

The Contra Costa Well being Companies Division started investigating the Zen Day Spa at 12230 San Pablo Ave. on Aug. 4. The deaths occurred on Aug. 3 and 4, well being officers mentioned throughout an internet information convention Monday.

Each individuals who died grew to become unwell days after visiting the spa.

Well being officers in a press release launched Monday afternoon mentioned lab checks confirmed two different individuals who visited the enterprise grew to become unwell with Legionnaire’s illness. They recovered, as did two others who reported turning into unwell after visiting the spa and whom investigators suspect of getting had the illness.

Officers mentioned they don’t anticipate any extra instances stemming from the spa.

“At this level, we don’t imagine there may be in an ongoing danger to the general public,” Deputy Well being Officer Dr. Meera Sreenivasan mentioned. “The illness can’t be transmitted from one sick particular person to a different. It wants circumstances that enable the micro organism develop.”

She added that the method additionally wants for the legionella micro organism kind into microscopic water droplets which might be then inhaled.

Sreenivasan mentioned the incubation to inhale these microscopic water droplets “is 7-10 days, however it may be 14 days. (August 18) was 14 days because the spa was closed. It’s attainable somebody might have grow to be sick on the finish of final week and is just presenting it now. However we’re definitely not anticipating some other instances.”

Well being officers mentioned they weren’t figuring out the 2 useless or the opposite 4 folks, in accordance with medical privateness legal guidelines.

Inspectors from the county’s environmental-health unit later discovered no data that Zen Day Spa ever had a allow for a spa or pool. The enterprise closed the affected sizzling tub on Aug. 4 and shut down your complete enterprise voluntarily on Aug. 5, in response to well being officers.

Testing on water and swab samples collected from the Richmond spa confirmed excessive ranges of legionella micro organism, well being officers mentioned.

“Most public swimming pools and spas must have disinfection tools,” mentioned Kristian Lucas, the county’s assistant director of environmental well being packages. “This spa shouldn’t be one which we might’ve issued a allow, as a result of it was a residential one and didn’t have the right disinfection system. It was unable to supply an acceptable degree of disinfection, in the end resulting in the (legionella) micro organism that was discovered inside.”

The division additionally issued an abatement order declaring the enterprise a public nuisance and ordering it to contract for skilled cleansing of the affected area inside 30 days. The new tub should even be eliminated and disposed inside these 30 days, and the the well being providers division mentioned it must approve any reopening of the enterprise after they reinspect it.

Well being officers mentioned they’ve contacted greater than 30 latest clients of the Zen Day Spa, in addition to latest instances of Legionnaire’s illness reported by means of neighborhood healthcare suppliers.