Essential Pittsburgh
7:46 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Reporting Cases of Infectious Diseases in VA Hospitals

Congressman Tim Murphy
Credit Office of Congressman Tim Murphy

Congressman Tim Murphy is working with the House Veterans Affairs Committee to pass legislation requiring veterans' hospitals to report cases of infectious diseases to state and local public health agencies.

A hearing was held this week to examine what Murphy characterized as the reporting and leadership failures at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital that resulted in the 2011-12 Legionnaires' Disease outbreak that killed five veterans and sickened as many as 21 others.