Three patients of the Elizabeth Severance Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio were recently transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center to receive treatment for Legionnaires’ disease. According to a hospital spokesperson, all three patients were chronically ill before they were exposed to legionella. As of Friday, June 24, 2011, two patients have been treated and released, and the third remains hospitalized.
In response to the outbreak, MetroHealth has restricted shower use by patients and is providing bottled water in place of tap water. It is not yet clear what methods the hospital is employing to sterilize the water system. To read more about this outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, please refer to this article.