One death from Le­gion­naire’s at CHUS

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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