Legionnaires’ outbreak strikes again at Illinois Vet’s Home

Less than a month after unveiling a nearly $5 million state-of-the-art water treatment plant and delivery system at the Illinois Veterans Home, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs on July 26 announced two residents of the home had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.

The cases come a year after Legionnaires' disease caused the deaths of 12 and sickened 53 people at the Quincy home that houses approximately 400 people. The Department of Veterans Affairs is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Adams County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine where the residents acquired the latest bacteria.

Water at the home will continue to be treated the same way it has since the new treatment plant became operational. It will continue to test for and flush any harmful bacteria from the system twice per day. Hot water temperatures will remain at 150 degrees.

More details here.

Source: The Herald-Whig

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