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11 patients diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease at UW Hospital

December 7, 2018 Health 0 Views Copyright 2018 of Channel 3000. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,…

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MADISON, Wis. – Eleven UW hospital patients have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease after UW Health announced that the hot water system could have put patients in danger.

Legionary disease, a type of pneumonia, is caused by bacteria that usually occur in low concentrations in tap water.

The hospital used a hyperchlorination process to flush all hot water pipes in the building. Tests have shown that the process was effective, and there is a reduction of the bacteria. The hospital continues to monitor the bacterial levels.

“An aggressive monitoring and monitoring program is in place to ensure that the system works as designed. Our commitment to our patient safety is insignificant,” said John Marx, UW Health Senior, Infection Control Specialist. “It is important to emphasize Legionnaire’s disease is not spread person to person.”

Symptoms of legionnaires disease may be present for up to 14 days after exposure, but typical appearance is within about six days.

In total, the hospital has identified 11 cases of patients developing pneumonia, according to a press release from UW Health Friday. Four of these patients are treated at UW Hospital, and six have either been emptied or treated at outpatient clinics. A person who had been hospitalized for serious health conditions, died last week.

UW Health works closely with the Wisconsin Division for Public Health for support in further testing efforts. Hospital officials have also asked Centers for Disease Control to function as an additional independent verification system.

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