UPDATE AT 7:03 P.M.:
(WSIL) — The Department of Veterans Affairs sent the following statement to News 3 just before 7 p.m. via Kevin Harris with the Marion VA.
Legionella is found naturally in the environment and many natural water sources contain Legionella, which is precisely why Marion VA Medical Center (VAMC) has a robust and regular Legionella testing program.
Marion VA Medical Center’s Legionella remediation protocol includes flushing the affected areas thoroughly and applying a high quality water filter to the location of the positive sample. The remediation protocol includes retesting for successful remediation.
Marion followed protocol in this instance, which greatly reduces the risk to patients and employees.
No Marion VAMC patients or employees have tested positive for hospital-acquired pneumonia or Legionnaire’s Disease.
ORIGINAL STORY AT 4:00 P.M.:
(WSIL) — News 3 has learned that the Marion Veterans Affairs Hospital (VA) has tested positive for Legionella.
Legionella can cause Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever, collectively known as Legionellosis. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in 10 people who gets sick from Legionnaires’ disease will die.
According to an email sent to the staff at the Marion VA, the locations of the positive samples were all in Building 1. They were in Room 35B (a respiratory exam room), Room 203 (a hospitalist room), and Room 413A (recovery room).
You can click here to learn more about Legionella from the CDC.
You can read the email sent to employees below.