A male patient who was being treated at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System passed away last week due to Legionnaires’ disease. A health investigation is underway to find the source of the man’s illness.
According to Dr. Brook Decker, infection prevention director for the VA Pittsburgh health system, “it seems most likely that this is a community-acquired case,” and not one connected to the VA.
It is still unclear where the man was exposed to Legionella, but the VA is unlikely to be the source as the man had very limited exposure to the hospital and the Legionella testing results at the VA Pittsburgh have been clean, as of late.
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