Legionnaires disease http://wesa.fm en American Legion Recommends Prevention Plan for Legionella Outbreaks http://wesa.fm/post/american-legion-recommends-prevention-plan-legionella-outbreaks <p>A new report issued by the American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force has <a href="http://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/218308/pittsburgh-va-takes-action-against-legionella">made recommendations </a>to prevent future Legionella outbreaks at the city’s VA medical center. This is in response to the death of 5 patients in 2011-2012.</p><p>Jacob Gadd, deputy director for health care and manager of the <a href="http://www.legion.org/systemworthsaving">System Worth Saving</a> program for the American Legion, discusses what measures need to be taken in order to prevent future outbreaks.</p><p>He says the report finds the Veterans Administration needs to empower its 152 hospitals to better communicate during a crisis. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:33:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23302 at http://wesa.fm American Legion Recommends Prevention Plan for Legionella Outbreaks 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 Bacteria Found at Pittsburgh-Area VA Clinic http://wesa.fm/post/legionnaires-bacteria-found-pittsburgh-area-va-clinic <p>A Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs clinic in a suburban mall has been closed so crews can superheat its tap water to kill bacteria that cause Legionnaire's disease.</p><p>Officials don't believe anyone has become ill from water at the clinic in the Washington Crown Center mall in North Franklin Township, about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in Washington County.</p><p>That's according to Brandon Blatt, a vice president of Sterling Medical Corp. of Cincinnati, which leases and runs the clinic under a contract with the VA.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:46:18 +0000 The Associated Press 9757 at http://wesa.fm More Lawmakers Call on VA to Address Infectious Disease Disclosures http://wesa.fm/post/more-lawmakers-call-va-address-infectious-disease-disclosures <p>Several members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation are calling on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System to put in place new written guidelines outlining duties and responsibilities for infectious disease control.</p><p>This follows a <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/investigation-reveals-failures-pittsburgh-va-hospital-legionnaires-outbreak">scathing report</a> from the VA Office of the Inspector General, which found that the VA Pittsburgh Health System failed to follow its own rules during an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that left five veterans dead from early 2011 to late 2012.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:00:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8743 at http://wesa.fm Investigation Reveals Failures of Pittsburgh VA Hospital in Legionnaires' Outbreak http://wesa.fm/post/investigation-reveals-failures-pittsburgh-va-hospital-legionnaires-outbreak <p>Southwestern Pennsylvania officials are expressing outrage after learning the details of a Veterans Affairs investigation into the deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the VA’s Pittsburgh facilities.</p><p>According to VA Office of Inspector General, the VA Pittsburgh Health System failed to follow its own rules during an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that left five veterans dead from early 2011 to late 2012.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:26:20 +0000 Noah Brode 8322 at http://wesa.fm 1 Sickened by Legionnaire's at Pittsburgh Building http://wesa.fm/post/1-sickened-legionnaires-pittsburgh-building <p>The Allegheny County Health Department says one person has been treated for Legionnaire's disease-related pneumonia at a Pittsburgh senior-citizens apartment building.</p><p>Officials at York Commons say crews have flushed water lines, shower head and faucets with hot water meant to kill the bacteria that health department officials have determined sickened an unidentified female resident last month.</p><p>That woman was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the bacteria on March 22, and the health department found "low levels" of the bacteria in tests the following week.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:54:58 +0000 The Associated Press 7849 at http://wesa.fm VA Systems Would be Required to Report Instances of Legionella under New Casey Bill http://wesa.fm/post/va-systems-would-be-required-report-instances-legionella-under-new-casey-bill <p>U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is introducing a bill that would require any Veterans Affairs health system to report an incident of Legionnaires ’ disease and detection of the Legionella bacteria within 24 hours.<br><br>“To be blunt about this, we shouldn’t have to legislate this,” Casey said. “This should be standard practice at the VA, but it isn’t. Therefore we have to legislate and provide a measure of accountability.”<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:32:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 6814 at http://wesa.fm VA Systems Would be Required to Report Instances of Legionella under New Casey Bill