VA hospital discovers Legionella in water system, relocates patients

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A Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix relocated 20 of its patients after discovering Legionella bacteria in the facility's water system, ABC 15 reports.

Legionella can cause Legionnaires' disease, which has similar symptoms to pneumonia.

The patients were moved out of the affected building and reassigned to other hospital units or placed in outpatient programs for the time being. They will remain in their relocated units or programs until remediation efforts are complete and experts can assure patient safety, according to the report.

In a statement, VA spokeswoman Jean Schaefer announced that no patients have displayed symptoms of Legionnaires' disease thus far, and no areas of the medical center, other than the one identified building, are affected. 

 

 

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