Two individuals were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at the Ussery Roan Veterans’ Home at the end of August this year. Officials confirmed that one patient is being treated at the nursing home, while the other is being treated at Amarillo VA Hospital. Both patients appear to be improving and are expected to recover at this time.
Brittany Eck is the Press Secretary for the Texas General Land Office, or the agency that oversees the operation of eight VA nursing homes in Texas. Eck stated that after notification of the diagnoses, the agency quickly began working with the Amarillo Public Health Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs to contest the problem. The facility will continue to test and sterilize its water supply with the help of medical grade water filters, and the agency also plans to implement a protocol for monthly water testing of its nursing homes.
The results from the last round of testing in both individuals and the facility water supply were all negative, said Eck. The exact source of the Legionella bacteria in these cases has not yet been determined.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.