Legionnaires' bacteria discovered in GlaxoSmithKline plant

GlaxoSmithKline shut down a plant in North Carolina after routine testing revealed the presence of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease in a cooling tower, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The drug manufacturer's plant produces inhaled medications. Additionally, roughly 400 of the 850 plant employees were told to stay away until the towers are cleaned.

The London-based company released a statement that the cooling tower "does not come into contact with product manufactured at the facility," but did not respond to questions regarding any risk of indoor exposure to employees or medicines from water droplets that could carry the bacteria, according to the report.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing reports of the bacteria's discovery.

The bacterium found at the plant — Legionella — is the same bacterium that has been linked to a recent deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx area of New York City.



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