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December 15, 2012

Legionnaires Disease Diagnosed in 29 Patients at Pittsburgh-VA Hospital

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — veteranclaims @ 7:18 pm

Full article at:
VA under scrutiny after Legionnaires’ cases in Pittsburgh
By Nelli Black and Drew Griffin, CNN
updated 6:23 PM EST, Fri December 14, 2012

“Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Twenty-nine patients at the Veterans Administration hospital in Pittsburgh have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease since January 2011, raising questions about the institution’s safety practices. Five of the cases “are known to have acquired the disease from the hospital,” the VA said. Another eight were infected elsewhere, and the source of the infection in 16 cases cannot been determined.”

“CNN has learned that hospital officials knew they had a problem with the water system as far back as last December, but chose not to reveal that until a month ago.”

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