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Rain, Flooding Considered In Legionnaires Disease Cases

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TURTLE CREEK (KDKA) — One person remains hospitalized and 10 others are recovering at their residences after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease was discovered at two separate health care facilities in Turtle Creek.

Dr. Bruce Dixon of the Allegheny County Health Department says the good news is that those affected by the disease appear to be recovering and no new cases have been reported today.

The LGAR Health and Rehab Center, for example, has now installed a silver-copper ionization system to purify its water. That was recommended by its consulting firm, Special Pathogens Laboratory.

Dr. Victor Yu, who heads that company, speculates that recent heavy rains and flooding may have played a role since both facilities have their own separate water systems.

That’s a theory the health department is also investigating.

RELATED LINKS:
Allegheny County Health Department
3 More Cases Of Legionnaires Disease Confirmed In Turtle Creek

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