In late June, an 80-year-old man from Dutchess County, NY died from Legionnaires’ disease after he allegedly contracted it at the Castle Point Campus hospital, part of the Veterans Affairs’ Hudson Valley Health Care System. The Castle Point Campus was notified on May 28 that a patient had contracted Legionnaires’ disease and began testing the water that day for Legionella. On June 12, the positive environmental test result was confirmed and remediation efforts began. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney called for an investigation into the death, stating he was “deeply saddened and outraged by this terrible and preventable tragedy.”
The VA has been scrutinized several times recently for its actions related to Legionnaires’ outbreaks. Five people died in Pittsburgh in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease reported last fall at a VA hospital, and allegations of misconduct and cover-up followed. The recent news of a death in Castle Point further demonstrates that action must be taken by the VA and other hospitals to prevent Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and protect veterans and patients who may be vulnerable.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates on this story.