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Article published December 11, 2012
Traces of Legionnaire’s bacteria found at Butler VA
BUTLER TWP — A water test at VA Butler Healthcare found traces of the germ that causes Legionnaire’s disease. During a routine preventive testing and monitoring of the campus’s water system, one positive Legionella bacteria sample was identified in preliminary testing results. However, no one has been sickened by the bacteria. “There are no cases of Legionnaires’ disease as a result of this preliminary finding,” said spokeswoman Amanda Kurtz in a statement this morning. The positive was found in Building 2 on the hospital’s campus. Services provided in this building include outpatient rehabilitation, physical therapy, prosthetics and administrative offices. The hospital is shutting down the water system to that building and implementing contingency plans for water and hand sanitizing. The water system also will be treated and retested. The contingency plan will remain in place until tests results are negative. Clinical care at the hospital will continue uninterrupted throughout this process, Kurtz said. Legionnaire’s disease is caused when water tainted with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. The disease can lead to pneumonia. Legionella has been found in two VA hospitals in Pittsburgh, which sickened five patients, including one who died.