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Ferries: Dangerous Legionella bacteria found on boats

No danger to crew or public, says spokesperson


Last updated 11/11/2021 at 2:16pm

Brian Soergel

A group of people watches the ferry from Brackett's Landing North in Edmonds.

In addition to increased wait times due to a lack of qualified personnel, Washington State Ferries now has another potential problem on its hands.

According to spokesperson Ian Sterling, elevated levels of the dangerous and often deadly Legionella bacteria – which can cause Legionnaires' disease – have been found in at least six vessels stationed up and down Puget Sound.

"Most of these are in places where the water has been shut off since the pandemic began," he said "That's why we're testing ahead of bringing the systems back online."

Sterling said there is no danger to crewmembers or...

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