Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pittsburgh VA hospital under investigation for deadly disease

VA hospital under investigation for deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak
January 11, 2013

(CBS News) The Veterans Affairs Inspector General is investigating a Pittsburgh VA nursing home, to determine whether hospital administrators took appropriate action to prevent an deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the facility.

Outbreaks of the deadly strain of pneumonia, are rare and most hotels and hospitals have plans in place to control the bacteria, legionella, that causes the disease.

Legionnaires' disease is contracted when bacteria that grows in water systems is transmitted through the inhalation of water vapor. As many as 18,000 people are hospitalized with disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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