Senator Duckworth comments on latest Legionnaires' cases


Two new cases of Legionnaires’ Disease were reported at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Illinois by the Adams Health Department Wednesday.

One person is recovering; however the other resident has died. The death was attributed to a complex medical issue aside from Legionnaires.’

The Illinois Veterans Home is the same site of a major outbreak in 2015 which killed 12 and sickened 54 others.

Health officials said it’s uncertain if more cases will come to the surface.

"Just like the last couple of years, it's kind of a wait and see approach," said Jared Welch, Administrator at the Adams County Health Department. "Do we see more cases emerge? We don't know at this point."

Since the 2015 outbreak, the Veterans Home spent over $5 million renovating the water system.

The Federal Government stepped in and reimbursed just over $4 million of that.

US Senator and wounded veteran Tammy Duckworth had strong words Wednesday about the new cases.

"When this country called and said who would defend this county, these veterans answered that call,” Duckworth said.

She said there is more to do to prevent future cases from occurring at the Veterans Home.

"It has some real challenges, and it needs significant investments in its infrastructure,” Duckworth said. “Yet when they (veterans) call on us for help, we as a nation should not abandon them suffer and die on our watch."

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