legionnaires'

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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.

CDC

The head of a suburban Chicago school district that evacuated because Legionella was found says there is a lack of public health guidance for schools to help deal with the bacteria.

Elgin Area School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders tells the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that he didn't receive guidance from state or federal agencies on when it was safe to reopen schools and it "was incredibly frustrating.''

The district evacuated and shut three schools for three days last month after high levels of Legionella were found in water cooling towers.  

Durbin.senate.gov

With a possible federal government shutdown on the horizon, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says the consequences for his home state would be especially dire if it occurs while Illinois remains without a state budget.

“When we have government shutdown in Washington as we did several years ago, innocent people are going to suffer as a result of it,” Durbin said Friday, standing in front of military planes at Scott Air Force Base. “And we can certainly know the impact it’s going to have on some groups, not the least of which will be federal employees.”

CDC

Officials in Elgin say about 2,900 students were evacuated after higher-than-normal levels of Legionella bacteria were found in cooling towers at three schools.

School District U-46 spokeswoman Mary Fergus says the Wednesday morning evacuations affected Eastview Middle School, Larkin High School, Gifford High School and district offices located at Gifford. The levels were found during annual air quality testing of the schools' cooling towers. She says no students were ill.

CDC

Ten people in western Illinois now have died from Legionnaires' disease after a state veterans home reported two new fatalities among its residents.

An outbreak first identified in late August has sickened 53 residents at the Quincy home, nine of whom died.  Four others in Quincy have been diagnosed with the illness, one of whom died. Officials say those cases aren't connected to the larger outbreak. 

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