New Jersey’s Union County Has Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease

A successful executive who earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the Top 100 CEOs, John Klein serves as the chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics in Teaneck, New Jersey. Credited with securing Food and Drug Administration approval for more than 300 generic drugs, Cambridge Therapeutics Chairman John Klein is interested in health developments in the state of New Jersey.

In May, New Jersey health officials announced that 22 people in the state had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, five of whom had died from the disease. The nearly two dozen cases occurred between March 8 and May 13 among people who reside in or visited Union County.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in small water droplets containing the bacteria Legionella, which is sometimes found in the air conditioning units for large buildings, decorative fountains, plumbing systems, or cooling misters. The disease cannot be contracted through drinking water or home air conditioning units, said New Jersey Health Department officials. As the investigation into the outbreak continues, officials assured residents and visitors to Union County that the risk of contracting the disease is small.

New Jersey Hospitals Perform Well on Safety Report Card

The chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein possesses nearly 30 years of experience as an executive in the health and pharmaceutical industries. In tandem with his responsibilities at Cambridge Therapeutics, John Klein actively follows new developments in the fields of health, pharmaceuticals, and public policy.

Released in May 2019, the most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety report card ranks New Jersey hospitals sixth in the nation for prioritizing safety. Rankings are based on the efficacy of hospitals’ policies to prevent medical mistakes and protect patients from avoidable problems, like infections, falls, or receiving the wrong treatment.

Among the New Jersey hospitals included in the report, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston stands out as the only hospital in the state–and one of only a few dozen in the nation–that has earned an A rating on every safety report card since 2012. Eight other New Jersey hospitals improved their safety grade since last year’s report, including St. Luke’s Warren Campus in Phillipsburg, which took its rating from a C to an A.