Three patients who contracted Legionnaires’ disease at the University of Wisconsin Hospital (UW Health) have died, CBS Madison affiliate WISC TV reports.
The hospital said in a release Monday that the three had serious, life-limiting health conditions.
The hospital has confirmed a total of 14 cases during the outbreak.
UW Health announced late last month that there were multiple cases of Legionnaires’, a type of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria, and linked the outbreak to a change in its hot-water system.
The hospital flushed the system with high levels of chlorine to eliminate the bacteria. A week later, the hospital discovered the outbreak had affected 1
The hospital said Monday the strain of bacteria in the new cases of Legionnaires’ matched the bacteria in the water system but that the hyperchlorination has been effective.
“Testing is completed so far continues to show the expected reduction in bacteria,” the hospital said Monday. “UW Health will continue to intensively monitor its water system to ensure patient safety.”
The hospital said it’s working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to review and analyze its work in response to the issue.
A Report is expected to be out in about three months, according to the hospital.