TWO MORE LE­GION­NAIRES’ CASES FOUND AT VETS HOME

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATIONBEAT STATEBEAT -

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.

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