TWO MORE LEGIONNAIRES’ CASES FOUND AT VETS HOME
QUINCY — Two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease were found among residents of a veterans home in western Illinois where the illness has been linked to the deaths of 13 people since 2015, health officials said.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a Monday evening news release that both residents of the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy are doing well. Engineering staff removed faucets from the residents’ rooms, collected water samples and took other steps to ensure the water is safe, officials said. The disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria in water vapor that’s inhaled.
The disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 facility residents since 2015 and sickened dozens more. Gov. Bruce Rauner spent a week at the facility in January, saying afterward that the state would replace the plumbing at the sprawling, 130- yearold site.
He also said he will assemble a group of experts to determine whether a stateofthe- art dorm should be built and whether a safer groundwater source is available for the home.
A lawsuit was filed against the state by 11 families of stricken veterans.
The state health department is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Adams County Health Department to try to identify the source of the bacteria.