St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY discovered Legionella bacteria in its water system during preliminary testing following the reports of three Legionnaires’ disease cases.
Two of the cases were patients at the hospital before developing Legionnaires’ disease; the third case came to the hospital with “multiple medical problems” and was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The third individual ultimately died in September.
Betsy Bedigian, spokesperson for St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center said, “It is important to remember that every time we diagnose a case of Legionella bacteria, we work with the [state Department of Health] to determine if it is community or hospital acquired,” she said. “If a case is determined to be hospital acquired, we retest our water system. We continue to follow all established regulations.”
Tap water use was restricted to hand washing only following preliminary positive Legionella results.
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