One case of Le­gion­naire’s at CHUS

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Last Thurs­day, it was an­nounced by the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the CHUS (Fleu­ri­mont) that a pa­tient in the on­col­ogy unit had con­tracted Le­gion­naire’s Dis­ease and had re­ceived an of­fi­cial di­ag­no­sis on Au­gust 7th. On Au­gust 12th, joint in­ves­ti­ga­tions made by the CHUS and the Di­rec­tion de santé publique (DSP) in­di­cated that Le­gionella pneu­mophilia was present in the bath­room of the pa­tient’s hos­pi­tal room. The pa­tient was then trans­ferred to an­other room and put in iso­la­tion.

As of last Thurs­day, only the one case of the dis­ease had been con­firmed. Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cate that the source of con­tam­i­na­tion might have been the wa­ter net­work that feeds wing 5 of the CHUS. The rest of the Fleu­ri­mont hos­pi­tal and the Ho­tel Dieu CHUS were not af­fected. As a pre­ven­tion mea­sure, ac­cess to the wa­ter in sinks and show­ers in the on­col­ogy ward was cut off. Bot­tled wa­ter, moist tow­elettes and hand san­i­tizer was pro­vided to the pa­tients.

Wa­ter sam­ples were taken on each floor of wing 5 last Thurs­day. The re­sults will be known only within five to ten days later. The dis­in­fec­tion and de­con­tam­i­na­tion process of the wa­ter sys­tem was done last Thurs­day and Fri­day. Be­sides th­ese mea­sures, the per­son­nel will be more vig­i­lant re­gard­ing res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems in pa­tients and all the cases of pneu­mo­nia pos­si­bly ac­quired at the CHUS within the last six months will be in­ves­ti­gated.

Any­one with ques­tions re­gard­ing this is­sue can leave a tele­phone mes­sage at 819 346-1110, ex­ten­sion 21500. Your call will be an­swered within 24 hours.

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