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Two Legionnaires' cases confirmed at Illinois Veterans Home

Two Legionnaires' cases confirmed at Illinois Veterans Home.

Two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed at the Illinois Veterans Home Wednesday morning.

David MacDonna, a Public Information Officer with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says Legionella tests came back positive for two residents.

One of those residents is now deceased, however, the Illinois Veterans Home says the individual had a complex medical issue aside from Legionnaires'.

The second individual is being treated for the disease.

"We work continuously with the Adams County Health Department to identify any potential sources. We've done an extensive renovation, including a brand new water treatment plant to provide higher quality water," said MacDonna.

Previously the Illinois Veterans Home has dealt with Legionnaires' cases as recently as July of 2016.

Because of the facility's history, faculty and staff continuously look for symptoms of the disease.

MacDonna says those with respiratory issues are being closely monitored.

Both MacDonna and Jerrod Welch with the Adams County Health Department stress the confirmation of the disease is not reason for heightened concern in the surrounding community.

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