One patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati in December.
According to infectious disease physician Stephen Kralovic, “the patient was reported to the Health Department, and we’ve not had any other cases that we know of, and we are actively looking for cases.”
It is still unclear whether or not the patient contracted the Legionnaires’ disease at the VA Medical Center, but the center has enhanced surveillance and is paying closer attention to patients presenting with pneumonia symptoms.
All VA Medical Centers currently test their water annually to prevent Legionella colonization. After receiving test results positive for Legionella,the Cincinnati VA Medical Center super-heated their water system in the areas with positive results in an attempt to kill the bacteria.
According to the Associate Medical Center Director, David Ninneman, the entire medical center campus will also be cleaned during the first weekend of January.