Legionnaire's Disease http://wesa.fm en U.S. Attorney: No Federal Charges Warranted in Legionella Outbreak http://wesa.fm/post/us-attorney-no-federal-charges-warranted-legionella-outbreak <p>The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania says he does not think charges are warranted in relation to the deadly Legionella out break at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.</p><p>Twenty-two veterans who were treated in 2011 and 2012 at the Pittsburgh VA were sickened by Legionella.&nbsp; Five of them died.</p><p>U.S. Attorney David Hickton called the situation “tragic” but feels no charges should be filed by his office.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:51:24 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20194 at http://wesa.fm Legionnaires' Hearing Will Explore Regulation, Bonuses, Prevention http://wesa.fm/post/legionnaires-hearing-will-explore-regulation-bonuses-prevention <p>The U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs Monday will hold its second hearing on the 2011 Legionnaires' disease outbreak. The outbreak killed at least five patients and sickened 21 at Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals.</p><p>The hearing will take place in the Allegheny County Courthouse downtown and will be attended by committee members, other members of Congress, VA officials and relatives of those killed from Legionnaires'.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 16106 at http://wesa.fm Legionnaire's Disease in the VA Hospital system http://wesa.fm/post/legionnaires-disease-va-hospital-system <p></p><p>In a series of <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4185621-74/legionnaires-cdc-disease#axzz2WUxhm3wJ">articles</a> in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reporter Adam Smeltz has <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4177912-74/legionella-patients-workers#axzz2WUxhm3wJ">investigated</a> on the prevalence of the Legionella bacteria, which causes <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/legionnairesdisease.html">Legionnaire's disease</a>, in Pittsburgh's VA hospital in Oakland. &nbsp;His findings indicate that there may have been reason to fear an outbreak in the hospital prior to the one that occurred in 2011.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:02:00 +0000 John Lavanga 11667 at http://wesa.fm Legionnaire's Disease in the VA Hospital system