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Legionella Detected At VA Outpatient Facility In Washington County

(Photo Courtesy: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

(Photo Courtesy: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

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WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — Legionella has turned up at another local VA facility.

According to a press release from Sterling Medical Corporation, it was detected in the water system of the outpatient clinic at Washington Crown Center Mall in Washington, Pa.

It was found during routine testing.

Brandon Blatt, the vice president of Sterling Medical Corporation, told KDKA by phone: “Even though the level was quite low, we decided to take a proactive stance, to get out in front of it and make sure the facility is treated. But it’s a very, very low-risk environment. No one was in danger.”

The clinic will be closed Friday as crews treat the clinic’s water system.

Officials say regular patient care will resume Monday.

This comes on the heels of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Pittsburgh’s VA hospitals that killed five people and sickened 21 others.

A federal investigation found the VA failed to follow its own rules in maintaining the water system.

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Sen. Casey: Federal Probe Into VA Legionnaires’ Outbreak Shows Failures (4/23/13)
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