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Popular Spring Green lodge temporarily closed during Legionella investigation

SPRING GREEN (WKOW) — The Round Barn Lodge is temporarily closed has health officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionella.

The Sauk County Health Department on Tuesday confirmed two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in guests who had stayed at the lodge. The two contracted the disease within 10-14 days of their stay at the lodge. That time frame is the typical incubation period of Legionnaires’ disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it’s not been confirmed that they in fact contracted the Legionella bacteria from the lodge.

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our guests and colleagues,” the Round Barn said in a news release.

The closure is voluntary, according to the news release.

Legionella can cause a pneumonia-type illness called Legionnaires’ disease and a mild flu-like illness called Pontiac fever.

The lodge has hired Phigenics, an Independent Legionella testing company as a rapid response to help resolve any water quality problems, if they exist.

The lodge has contacted all past guests with letter and explanation given to them by Sauk County Health Department.

They also have:
• Hired Phigenics to implement a safe water program
• Retested water on 11/18/19 by Phigenics
• Voluntarily closed the Lodge and banquet hall and canceled reservations.
• Stopped all incoming reservations.

All staff, full and part time, are on paid leave and the Round Barn is cooperating fully with the Sauk County Health Department, according to the news release.

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