Legionella bacteria were discovered at the Southern Arizona Veterans affairs Health Care System during testing on September 22 and 23. Of 120 testing points in the water system, nine were positive for Legionella.
“This discovery of Legionella is extremely concerning,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in statement today. “Although this bacterium is found naturally in the environment, it can cause serious health problems and even death.”
“I appreciate officials at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System moving quickly to notify its patients, staff and the public about this potential health issue as soon as they became aware of it,” said Barber. “Now I call on VA administrators to move expeditiously to cleanse the hospital’s water supply so it poses no further threat to our veterans. I have been in contact with the Veterans Affairs department, both locally and in Washington, to ensure there has been no impact to veterans’ care. “
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