Legionella Bacteria Found In Most Buildings At Local VA Hospital

WACO (December 18, 2013) Testing that started after a patient was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease in October at the Waco VA Hospital found some level of legionella bacteria in 21 of the 26 buildings on the hospital campus, officials said Wednesday.

The patient who was diagnosed with the disease was successfully treated, and no new cases have been reported since hospital spokeswoman Deborah Meyer said Wednesday.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial infection that can cause deadly
pneumonia.

Hospital staff members will inject higher-than-normal levels of chlorine in the water systems of all of buildings where traces of the bacteria were found and contractors are installing faucet filters through which the bacteria can’t pass.

The cost of the work runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Meyer said Wednesday.


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