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VA Pittsburgh: Another Veteran Dies After Contracting Legionnaires’

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The VA in Pittsburgh has announced the death of another veteran as a result of Legionnaires’ disease.

The VA says the veteran was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia.

He died in late January.

The VA says it received test results on Friday that show the veteran had the Legionella bacteria.

The VA says it does not know where the veteran became infected.

However, VA officials hope additional testing by the CDC will determine if the veteran became infected at the hospital or somewhere else.

This past week a hearing was held on Capitol Hill into the outbreak.

A statement from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System released Friday reads in part:
“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing the high quality care our Veterans have earned and deserve. The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) continues to consult with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Allegheny County Health Department and has taken appropriate steps to control Legionella. Our ability to provide the best care to our Veteran patients improves through expert consultation and analysis.”

RELATED LINKS:
U.S. House Committee Holds Hearing On VA Legionnaires Outbreak (2/5/13)
More Reports on Legionnaires’ Disease

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