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IL Senator Calls for Legionnaires' Outbreak Investigation

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With 12 deaths and over 50 veterans sick at a veterans’ home in Quicy, Illinois, Senator Dick Durban is calling for an investigation into the source of their Legionnaires’ outbreak.

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Legionnaire's Disease Bacteria Found at South Bronx Public Housing

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Just weeks after a massive Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak caused by cooling towers in New York, a public housing facility in the South Bronx has tested positive for Legionella. There have been 4 cases??at the facility in the last 6 months. Residents are??understandably frustrated but hopeful the problem will be resolved soon. Read the full article from ABC Local News here.

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San Quentin Prison Suffers Legionella Outbreak

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Yet another outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease has appeared, this time at??San Quentin Prison in San Francisco. Over 90 inmates are reporting pneumonia-like symptoms, a warning sign of Legionnaire’s Disease. Read the full article from the NY Times here.

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Death Toll Climbs at Illinois Veterans Home

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A Legionella outbreak in Western Illinois at a veteran’s home has??killed 8 people living at the home??and sickened 50. Local Quincy residents fear??the outbreak could??be more widespread??in the community. Read the full article from CBS here.

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Feds’ Policy Blunders Allow Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreaks

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In the wake of several outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease across the U.S., the CDC is taking criticism for their policies regarding Legionella in a recent article from the Daily Caller.
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The Spread of Legionnaires' Disease

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Legionnaires’ Disease cannot be spread from person to person.

Outbreaks occur when two or more people contract the bacteria in the same place at about the same time, most often in hospitals. Hospital buildings have complex water systems, and many patients and employees in hospitals are already subject to illnesses that increase their risk for Legionella infection.

Other situations conducive to the spread of Legionnaires’ Disease have been linked to aerosol sources in the community, or on cruise ships and in hotels.

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Recent Outbreaks of Legionnaires??? Disease (UK)

A hospital in London had to close three wards on the Chiltern Wing for six months because of a recent outbreak of Legionnaires??? disease. Hospital officials decided to close the area in order to isolate and destroy the dangerous bacteria.

The patients occupying those wings were moved from Sutton Hospital to nearby facilities in Surrey and Wandsworth after the discovery of Legionella bacteria in Sutton???s water systems.

At the time of the outbreak, a spokeswoman for South West London and St George???s Mental Health Trust reported that the patients and staff on the site were safe, and that no immediate threat to public health existed because the Legionella bacteria had been contained.

The spokeswoman went on to say that the trust would take the expert advice they received to resolve the issue for the long term, by closing the entire facility to ensure that no further outbreaks happen in the future.

Initial proposals involved transferring in-patients and staff on the main ward, for acute admissions, to Springfield Hospital in Tooting. While short-stay older patients were allowed to either return to their homes and be treated by an enhanced home treatment team,?? or they were sent to a specialist ward at Tolworth Hospital.

All outpatients, managers and administrators were moved temporarily to the Henderson Hospital in Sutton. No deaths were reported in this potentially catastrophic outbreak, thanks to the swift actions taken by the hospital.