The head of VA healthcare system in Pittsburgh is now out, placed Friday on administrative leave.
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The bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease was found in ice machines at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s flagship hospital, where officials say one patient died and two were sickened by the bug last year.
One person was sickened by Legionella found in the water of a senior high rise building in Sharpsburg.
The director of the Veterans Affairs Healthcare region that includes Pittsburgh says he’s retiring “with mixed emotions” – but made no specific mention of a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak that occurred on his watch.
UPMC confirms that Legionella bacteria has been detected at Heritage Place, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility managed by UPMC in Squirrel Hill.
The Allegheny County Health Department is testing the water in the fountain at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park after a recent visitor was diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease, which is commonly spread by waterborne bacteria.
Legionella has turned up at another local VA facility.
Sen. Bob Casey says the findings of a federal investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Pittsburgh VA are an important step toward preventing future occurrences.
New legislation is being proposed in response to a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the VA Healthcare System in Pittsburgh that killed five patients.
Sen. Bob Casey is calling for federal officials to release a report on the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.
A former Pittsburgh VA employee says he’s also contracted Legionnaire’s disease.
As the investigation moves forward into the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at Pittsburgh Veteran’s Hospital facilities, more and more emphasis will be placed on a 56-page assessment from the Centers for Disease Control.
Federal officials now say five people may have died from Legionnaires’ disease at Pittsburgh VA hospitals, but it’s not just hospitals where people are at risk of the legionella bacteria.
The VA in Pittsburgh has announced the death of another veteran as a result of Legionnaires’ disease.