November 30, 2018 Health 0 Views More headings MADISON, Wis. – A patient at the University of Wisconsin Hospital who…
MADISON, Wis. – A patient at the University of Wisconsin Hospital who had developed Legionnaires disease due to a suspected problem with the hospital’s hot water system has died, according to officials with UW Health.
“The severely ill patient who also tested positive for Legionella went away,” said UW Health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette. “The patient was in hospital for several and serious health problems and death was not unexpected.”
Also on Thursday, the hospital announced that there is now a fifth person who has developed the disease and has started treating antibiotics.
A patient tested positive for Legionella bacteria is also treated by SSM Health.
“This patient drew the bacteria into society,” said spokesman for SSM Health Lisa Adams. “This patient did not talk to the bacteria in a healthcare facility.”
The State Health Service said there were 11 cases of Leginnaire’s disease, both confirmed and suspected, reported this week. Officials with Meriter Hospital confirmed that they do not treat any patients for the disease at this time.
On Wednesday, UW hospital officials told three former hospitals and an inpatient had developed Legionnaire’s disease, also called legionellaosis, a type of pneumonia. The hospital has taken measures to deal with the suspected risk of patients associated with the hospital’s hot water system.
The hospital conducted a “hyperchlorination” process to flush all hot water pipes in the building to eliminate all Legionella bacteria. The hospital has also reported affected patients and staff about the situation.
Legionaries are caused by bacteria that usually occur in low concentrations in tap water. Your hospital said it uses a water purification system designed to keep levels low, but a “new adjustment of that system may have compromised its function,” said hospital officials.
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