One death from Legionnaire’s at CHUS
The management of the CHUS has announced that the first person who contacted Legionnaire’s Disease at the hospital is now in stable condition. The bacteria originated in the water in the patient’s bathroom at the hospital and was also found in the water pipes of wing 5.
Before even receiving the results of the tests, the CHUS quickly followed the protocol prescribed by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention: a thermal shock of all the water conduits in wing 5. This was done by increasing the water temperature to 70 degrees Celsius and circulating it in the pipes for one hour, then rinsing all the plumbing fixtures for five minutes. The water at the source was then heated to 60 degrees Celsius and will be maintained at 55 degrees Celsius, at least, in the hot water system.
There has been one death at the hospital related to the disease. The patient, who was suffering from several illnesses and very vulnerable, contracted Legionnaire’s Disease before the decontamination of wing 5.
Results of water tests in the other wings of the CHUS Fleurimont will be known soon and no other cases have been reported. Each wing has its own, separate water supply system, thus reducing the risk of contamination from one wing to the other. Doctors are also keeping a close eye on all cases of pneumonia.
Anyone with questions can contact the CHUS at 819 346-1110, extension 21500.