found again at Pittsburgh VA unit
October 16, 2013
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The bacteria that causes Legionnaire's
disease has been found again at a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital where a
two-year outbreak of the disease previously sickened 21 patients and killed
VA spokesman David
Cowgill (http://bit.ly/1fCl1dl ) tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the
bacteria was found in a "limited number" of plumbing fixtures at the
hospital in the city's Oakland section on Oct. 7.Cowgill says stricter testing standards
implemented after the previous outbreak detected the bacteria.
are in place at the hospital, where hot and cold water systems have been
treated with shock chlorination to kill the bacteria. The water restrictions
will remain until the bacteria is gone, possibly another two weeks.