DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease were detected in water at maintenance hangars in Texas after one worker became sick.
In a letter to workers, American said an expert it hired last month found "varying levels" of Legionella bacteria in the water supply for four maintenance hangars at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
American said it will install filters on all showers and faucets and provide bottled water to workers at the hangars.
About 5,000 cases of Legionnaires' are reported each year in the United States, and about one of every 10 victims die from it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and Prevention.
American said Tuesday that the ill employee has returned to work.
Airline spokesman Matt Miller said that the company also was working with the airport and local health authorities to come up with a permanent plan to provide safe water.
This story has been corrected to fix the spelling to hangars, not hangers.
Information from: KXAS-TV, http://www.nbcdfw.com