New Cases Of Legionnaires' Disease Identified In Quincy

Jul 27, 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state's doing everything possible to reduce the risk of further contamination by legionella bacteria at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.  

Legionnaires' disease symptoms are similar to other types of pneumonia and it often looks the same on a chest x-ray.
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Rauner visited the home Wednesday, a day after state officials reported two residents have new cases of Legionnaires' disease. 

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Nirva Shah said at a news conference that both affected residents have been treated and released from a hospital. 

Last year, Legionnaires' disease sickened 53 people and led to 12 deaths at the home. The cases the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs disclosed Tuesday come less than a month after a nearly $5 million water treatment plant and delivery system was unveiled at the facility. The legionella bacteria can be inhaled in water vapor.  

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