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Illinois officials have confirmed a fourth case of Legionnaires' disease at the Quincy veterans home in a week.

The Departments of Public Health and Veterans' Affairs announced late Tuesday that a resident has been diagnosed with the pneumonia-like malady.

It's the fourth case announced by state officials since Feb. 13. The illness caused by Legionella bacteria inhaled from water vapor first appeared in 2015 and has returned each year since.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner discussed several state issues at a news conference in Rockford Friday.

The event began as a private roundtable with small business owners at the Field Fastener company. They aired various grievances regarding state policy and how it affects their companies.  Field Fastener President Jim Derry said many of his current customers are outside the area or the state, compared with when he began the business 27 years ago, and said reforms are needed.

Feds Reimburse $4M For Quincy Veterans Home Water System

Feb 1, 2017
CDC

The federal government is reimbursing Illinois more than $4 million for a new water treatment facility at a Quincy veterans home that was the site of a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was awarding the money to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, which would reimburse the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

An outbreak of the disease killed 12 people and sickened at least 54 in 2015 and a federal report found the bacteria was likely spread by an aging water system.

CDC

State officials are looking into more than a dozen cases of respiratory illness at a LaSalle Veterans' Home.

Eleven residents tested positive with pneumonia over the past several months. One of the residents also tested positive for Legionnaires' disease. A spokesperson for the Department of Veterans' Affairs says the 97-year-old resident had multiple underlying issues and has since died.

Two other people in LaSalle County tested positive for Legionnaires' disease.

CDC

Illinois officials have confirmed another new case of Legionnaires' disease at a veterans' home in Quincy.

The directors of the Illinois departments of veterans' affairs and public health said in a joint statement Thursday that three residents testing positive for the disease were recovering.

State officials said last month that two residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in western Illinois were sick. These are new cases.

Last year an outbreak killed 12 and sickened 54.

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