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Two Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) employees are sick with Legionnaires’ disease, an outbreak that has compelled the MTA to close its administration building at the Interstate 895/Baltimore Harbor Tunnel toll plaza.
MTA officials also automated the toll booths after learning of the two cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially deadly form of bacterial pneumonia. Both employees have received medical treatment, the MTA said in a statement.
“While there’s no confirmation that the building is the source of the illness, we believe the safety of our employees and visitors to the administration building dictates that we close the facility while tests are conducted,” said Pete Rahn, who serves as both MTA chairman and state transportation secretary.
Legionnaires’ disease occurs when Legionella bacteria are contracted by the inhalation of microscopic water droplets (mist or vapor). The bacteria thrive in warm water, and they are found primarily in human-made environments (see below).
Maryland Transportation Authority: tolls automated
Most employees who work at the administrative building and the toll plaza have been put on administrative leave. Some of them are working from other MTA sites.
Meanwhile, cash-payment lanes have been automated the past two days, and they are operating like cashless toll lanes. That means that drivers who do not have E-ZPass transponders may drive through the plaza without stopping; the state is capturing video of their vehicles and will send bills for the toll amount.
MTA officials said they would proactively treat water systems at the site. They also said they did not know how long the facility will be closed to employees.
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