Report: Years before outbreak, VA identified Legionella presence

06/18/2013 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Staff at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System hospital in the city's Oakland neighborhood knew about Legionella bacteria in the water lines five years before disclosing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, according to a newspaper investigation. The Pittsburgh VA has faced criticism from veterans groups, lawmakers and patients' families over the outbreak that left five people dead. The bacteria was found in shower heads, faucets and public water fountains in the facility seven times since 2007 and at a threshold that should have triggered an action plan, according to VA rules.

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