Legionella bacteria http://wesa.fm en Legionella Detected at UPMC Presbyterian; No Patients Sickened http://wesa.fm/post/legionella-detected-upmc-presbyterian-no-patients-sickened <p>Eleven patients from a unit at UPMC Presbyterian were moved to other parts of the hospital following the detection of legionella in several sinks in a recently-remodeled area.</p><p>There are no confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, but UPMC spokeswoman Wendy Zellner said the patients were moved as a precautionary measure.</p><p>“We are following our normal Legionella monitoring and prevention protocols and expect the unit to reopen soon after proper remediation measures are taken,” Zellner said in a statement.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:28:43 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32721 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy: Disciplinary Action at Pittsburgh VA Doesn't Go Far Enough http://wesa.fm/post/rep-murphy-disciplinary-action-pittsburgh-va-doesnt-go-far-enough <p>More than 10 months after <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/congressman-murphy-wants-veterans-affairs-rescind-pa-staff-bonuses">U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy wrote</a> to former Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Eric Shinseki asking what disciplinary action would be taken in the wake a Legionella outbreak at a Pittsburgh hospital, he has gotten an answer of sorts.</p><p>On Friday, the VA announced that Pittsburgh Healthcare System director and CEO Terry Wolf was placed on administrative leave, “pending the completion of administrative actions related to the Legionella outbreak.”</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:54:44 +0000 Liz Reid 31000 at http://wesa.fm Rep. Murphy: Disciplinary Action at Pittsburgh VA Doesn't Go Far Enough 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 Lawsuit Follows a Report on Lack of Legionella Reporting http://wesa.fm/post/lawsuit-follows-report-lack-legionella-reporting <p>The first wrongful death lawsuit sprouting from the 2011-12 Legionella outbreak at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital was filed Friday — a day after a VA Office of Inspector General's report indicated more than a third of the nation’s VA Hospitals did not report cases, assess patient risk or evaluate treatment of Legionnaires' disease.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) said he is surprised Pittsburgh VA wasn’t the only location where staffers weren’t properly communicating about Legionella.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:58:25 +0000 Emily Farah 14205 at http://wesa.fm Somerset Prison Reports Legionella Infections http://wesa.fm/post/somerset-prison-reports-legionella-infections <p>A Somerset prison is chemically treating its water supply after four inmates became infected with Legionella.</p><p>On July 26, Department of Corrections officials tested the water system at the State Corrections Institution-Somerset with preliminary results finding no traces of Legionella. However, the bacteria was found in the facility’s cooling towers.</p><p>Susan McNaughton, press secretary for the DOC, said the prison is cooperating with state agencies to eliminate the bacteria.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:35:20 +0000 Michael Lynch 13993 at http://wesa.fm Congressman Murphy: VA System Needs to Rebuild Trust in Wake of Legionella Admission http://wesa.fm/post/congressman-murphy-va-system-needs-rebuild-trust-wake-legionella-admission <p>Officials with the VA Pittsburgh Health System have revealed that about 10 veterans may have been sickened by Legionella bacteria several years before a larger outbreak that began in 2011.</p><p>That has been blamed for five deaths, and at least 16 people were infected in 2011 and 2012. Since that time investigations have found lax reporting of Legionella bacteria in the system and other issues. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) said trust has been a major issue between the VA system and its veterans.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:50:13 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12515 at http://wesa.fm Point State Park Fountain Being Tested for Legionella Bacteria http://wesa.fm/post/point-state-park-fountain-being-tested-legionella-bacteria <p>About a month after its re-opening, the fountain at Point State Park is being tested by the Allegheny County Department of Health for Legionella.</p><p>The move follows a report of one person coming down with Legionnaires' disease after a visit to the fountain. County health officials say it’s unlikely the infection came from the fountain, but they are testing it as a precaution.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:43:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12438 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