Preliminary results in for water samples at IL Vets Home: 47 negative, 1 positive

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The Illinois Department of Public Health was notified Thursday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC notified the department that 47 of the 48 environmental samples taken at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy tested negative for Legionella bacteria.

The single positive water sample was collected prior to passing through a showerhead, which contains a point-of-use filter that removes Legionella.

The showerhead was temporarily removed in order to access the piping interior, pre-filtration, in order to determine whether the bacteria was present in the water system behind the filter.

The filter would protect patients using the shower by the physical barrier of the filter.

In 2017, five residents at IVHQ and one employee have tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. Three single cases of Legionnaires’ disease were identified earlier this year, and two cases were identified in October, and one in November.

According to a press release sent Friday morning, the cases prompted IDPH and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to request CDC experts return to Quincy to help determine how to further reduce the risk of illness.

Read the full test result documents here.

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