Pennsylvania rehab hospital investigates possible Legionella case

Derry Township, Pa.-based Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital is investigating possible Legionella bacteria in the water after one patient became sick, ABC affiliate WHTM reported Jan. 30.

The hospital, which is run by Select Medical, diagnosed a patient around Jan. 9 and warned other patients not to use facility water on Jan. 26, a hospital patient told WHTM.

"We're working in close coordination with Select Medical to investigate any potential connection between the patient illness and the rehabilitation hospital and together will take any actions needed to protect patients, staff and the community," a Penn State health spokesperson said in a statement to WHTM. "Our focus is always on safety and the quality of patient care."

The hospital declined to say if the presence of the bacteria had been confirmed.

"We are fully cooperating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and taking all necessary infection control measures, guided by the CDC and state, to ensure the safety of our current and future patients as well as our staff," a Select Medical spokesperson said in a statement to WHTM.

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