Neosho editor recovering from Legionnaires’ disease

John Ford, a member of the Neosho Daily News staff since 1995 and managing editor since 2007, has been away from the newsroom since May 30 after suffering a severe illness.
Ford contracted Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by a type of bacteria. He spent several weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin and nearly seven weeks in the hospital overall during his recovery. He was released from the hospital on July 9 and is recovering at his home in Neosho.
“Throughout this ordeal, our No. 1 concern was the health of John Ford,” said Rick Rogers, editor and publisher of the Daily News. “John is a very well-respected and well-liked member of our newspaper team, and in the community. We were not surprised to see the amount of cards wishing him a speedy recovery from our readers once word got out that John was severely ill and in the hospital.”
Ford is expected to recover from his illness, and doctors may release him for part-time work in August and fulltime work in September if his recovery goes well.
Legionnaires’ disease got its name in 1976 when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of this disease, a type of pneumonia.
Each year between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S.
—Neosho Daily News

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