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Two more cases of Legionnaires' at IVH-Q

Two more cases of Legionnaires' at IVH-Q

3 months, 1 week ago by Jim Dewey

Both are at the Home and "doing well", State says it's investigating

Two more residents of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy have been confirmed to have Legionnaires' Disease.

The Illinois Department of Public Health made the announcement late Monday night, saying the results were lab-confirmed, but not saying when the residents were stricken. They're both at the Home, and doing well, according to a statement. The Department's Melany Arnold says that after learning of the cases, Vets Home engineering staff immediately removed faucets from the residents’ rooms and collected water samples and mixing valves to analyze for the presence of Legionella bacteria. Arnold says an investigation is underway to identify where the residents may have acquired the bacteria.

The report comes a week after a second joint Illinois House and Senate hearing was held on the causes of the 2015 outbreak, as the state's Capital Development Board has identified $15 million that can be used for immediate improvements at the Home.

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