Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease continue to climb according to an article published today by USA Today, more than 5 times the amount of reported cases in 2000. A lack of oversight at facilities and preventative measures are sited as causes for the increase, especially in large buildings like hotels or apartment buildings. Read the full article here.
A fourth case of Legionnaire’s disease has been reported at the state-run Quincy VA in Illinois. The announcement came hours before a hearing to discuss the Legionnaire’s Disease outbreaks, which have killed 13 people to date. More on the hearings and lawmakers’ reactions in the Chicago Tribune.
The Michigan Court of Appeals have overturned a Protective Order that allowed the McLaren Flint Hospital to withhold documents regarding their??water crisis and outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease.
As of yesterday, there have been 16 reported cases of Legionnaires’??in Genessee County, Michigan. This County includes the city of Flint.
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Sen. Bob Casey has called for a formal inquiry??in light of the CDC emails regarding their handling of the 2012 Legionnaire’s outbreak at the Oakland VA.
From the article: ?????It is of great concern to me and should be to anyone interested in this that there could be bias in the CDC???s results in this investigation??? of the Pittsburgh VA Legionnaires??? outbreak, Mr. Casey said Monday. ???I am??going to ask the Inspector General at the CDC how [the CDC] managed this investigation and whether they accurately reported the results in this investigation.???
Read the full article here.
Sean Hamil investigates bias against Copper Silver Ionization in newly released emails from the CDC.
From the article, “…The emails of Dr. Whitney and seven of her CDC colleagues revealed personal??biases against Dr. Yu and Ms. Stout, as well as copper-silver systems, which discharge minute amounts of copper and silver ions into water to kill Legionella.??While personal bias itself does not always directly affect the related scientific research, the CDC emails show that in this case, these biases may have played a role in how and what information the CDC chose to present on its investigation, first, in a 2013 report to Congress, and later, in a 2015 article in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.”
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News of a??baby who??died after contracting Legionnaire’s Disease at Benioff Children’s Hospital in 2013 is highlighting growing concerns with the disease and the bacteria that causes it. Read the full story here from NBC News.
An??Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy is replacing their water system after a deadly outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the facility earlier this year. Read the full story??about their efforts here.
The recent rise in news about Legionnaires??? disease is the focus of an article in the latest issue of The Wholesaler, detailing how the bacteria thrives and why it???s become so prevalent as of late.
Read the whole story here.
Three public schools in Elgin, IL reopened last week after being shut down due to high Legionella levels found in the cooling towers. Tony Sanders, CEO of the affected U-46 school district, expressed frustration over the lack of public protocols concerning the testing and treatment of Legionella bacteria. Read the full story on Legionella frustrations in IL here.
3 fixtures at the Oakland VA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have tested positive for Legionella bacteria. This comes after 6 veterans were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease at the facility??this year. Read the full story here.