BALTIMORE — Poly-Seal Corp. has reopened after suffering an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease earlier this month that killed a worker.
The Baltimore injection molder reopened Oct. 14, after the entire facility was shut down and cleaned Oct. 10-12, said Levy Rabinowitz, a consultant on crisis management acting as Poly-Seal's spokesman.
``They call [the cleaning] shock treatment,'' he said. ``It's high-pressure, superheated, mega-chlorinated disinfecting of all water systems.''
The plant had three confirmed cases of legionellosis and one death. No additional illnesses have been reported, he said.
The company initially shut down just the east wing, where all of the ill employees worked, but decided to be cautious and clean the entire facility, which has about 75 presses, Rabinowitz said.
Poly-Seal was able to use inventory to ship to customers.
The company sent letters to customers telling them that health authorities said there is no danger of transmitting the disease through the dry caps and closures the plant manufactures, he said.
The bacteria require water, he said.