A veteran was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in September while receiving treatment at the Pittsburgh VA hospital. Recent tests of the facility, however, show that the veteran, whose name has not been disclosed, did not contract the illness at the VA.
The man was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease on Sept. 26 and an investigation was performed upon discovery of the confirmed Legionnaires’ disease case soon after. However, it was found that the bacteria found at the VA did not match the Legionella found in the veteran. This result “strongly indicates the patient acquired the disease somewhere (else) in the community,” said Mark Ray, a spokesman for the VA.
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