12 Resident Deaths Have Been Linked to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, One of a Number of Fatal Outbreaks Reported This Year
The Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC commend U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s (D-IL) call for an investigation into a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy that has been tied to the deaths of 12 residents. Last month, Senator Durbin requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs look into the outbreak to “ensure the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy is taking the proper steps” to care for its nearly 400 residents and to prevent a future outbreak. At least 54 residents and staff were sickened.
[fox2now.com/2015/09/22/durbin-seeks-federal-probe-of-legionnaires-disease-outbreak/, Associated Press, September 22, 2015]
The Quincy Legionnaires’ outbreak was reported by the Illinois Dept. of Veterans Affairs last month, which has admitted that it was caught off-guard by the outbreak. The Veterans’ Home-Quincy is more than a century old, and encompasses some 48 buildings on 200 acres. According to ABC 7 in Chicago, many of the structures have antiquated plumbing, and are fertile fixtures for the water-borne Legionella bacteria.
[abc7chicago.com/health/quincy-legionnaires-outbreak-caught-state-officials-off-guard/991512/, ABC 7 Chicago, September 18, 2015]
Legionnaire disease outbreaks reported this summer have been numerous. The outbreak in Illinois is just one of several reported in recent months. This summer, Legionnaires’ disease took the lives of 16 people in New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood, where over 133 were hospitalized with the illness. That disease cluster centered on the Opera House Hotel, which is currently the subject of a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit that accuses the hotel and its owner, the Empire Hotel Group, of negligence, carelessness and recklessness.
[nytimes.com/2015/08/28/nyregion/brisk-business-at-bronx-hotel-center-of-legionnaires-outbreak.html, August 27, 2015]
In September, New York health officials announced they were investigating another Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Morris Park section of the Bronx that involved 15 cases, one of which proved fatal.
[nyc.gov/html/doh/html/diseases/cdlegi.shtml, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine]
Legionnaire’s disease is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia, which according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control results in 8,000 and 18,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. every year. The bacterium received its name after a 1976 outbreak, when many attendees at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia were sickened with the disease. Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in warm water, but are not transmitted from person-to-person. Legionnaires’ disease occurs when victims breathe in mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) that has been contaminated with Legionella. Keeping the bacteria out of water is the key to preventing outbreaks such as those that occurred in Illinois and New York this year.
Legionnaires’ disease symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia, and may include:
• Shortness of breath
• High fever
• Muscle aches
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