QUINCY, Ill. (AP) – State officials have confirmed a third new case of Legionnaires’ disease in a Quincy veterans’ home since an outbreak there last year killed 12 people and sickened 54.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah and Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Jeffries said in a statement Thursday, three residents have tested positive for the disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Illinois, including two who fell ill last month.
Shah and Jeffries said of the two dozen veterans who have been tested since the reports of new cases in July, 21 have come back negative. The Quincy facility houses about 400 residents.
The new cases come less than a month after a nearly $5 million water treatment plant and delivery system was unveiled at the Illinois Veterans Home. The bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease grow in warm water and are often present in water supplies. The disease is spread when a person inhales water mist, not via person-to-person contact.
Shah and Jeffries said the state was implementing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce Legionnaires’ disease risks at the facility.
“While these steps have made an impact, we look forward to the CDC’s insight and advice on other scientific measures we can implement to further reduce the risk of infection,” Shah and Jeffries said.
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