The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center announced on Thursday, March 12 that Legionella bacteria were discovered in an ice machine at the hospital where a patient had also tested positive for the bacteria and ultimately died on February 20.
Despite being confirmed to have Legionnaires’ disease, the 64-year-old patient is said to have died of “medical complications.”
According to Jason Dangel, a spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, “No other patients have tested positive for the disease” since the first patient died.
The amount of bacteria in the ice machine was “4.1 colony-forming units per milliliter” which is under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard of 10 CFU/mL, said Dangel. The VA is working to clean its water system, however, due to its zero tolerance policy for the bacteria.
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