A lawsuit has been filed against a Quincy, Illinois nursing home that has lost 13 U.S. military veterans since 2015 to Legionnaires’ Disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by waterborne bacteria.
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What’s the Problem?
January 5, 2018 – The lawsuits claim that the the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, Ill., is responsible for at least 13 deaths from Legionnaires’ disease and another 61 infections, according to an investigation by the Chicago public radio station WBEZ.
In the lawsuits, families accuse the facility of negligence for failing to adequately monitor the water supply and failure to promptly diagnose their loved ones, which delayed critical treatment that could have cured their Legionnaires’ disease.
The Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy has reported at least 1 case of Legionnaires’ every year since 2014, according to the lawsuits. At least a dozen Legionnaires’-related deaths occurred in 2015, and the latest fatality happened in Fall 2017. Three of the 60 reported cases of the disease also occurred this past fall, the complaints state.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) demanded that residents of the nursing home be safely relocated, and the facility be temporarily closed until its water supply is deemed to be free from legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
The Director for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs maintains that the Veterans Home at Quincy has followed all of the preventative measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and done all it can to ensure the level of legionella in their water is minimal.
In June 2017, the CDC issued a report stating that 80% of all cases of Legionnaires’ were contracted at a long term care facility. While advanced age is a risk factor for the disease, it also must be considered that the water systems within veterans’ nursing homes are not overseen with as much care as other facilities (such as hotels or apartment complexes) that house large numbers of people at the same time. Hospitals were found to be responsible for 18% of all cases of Legionnaires’, the agency found.
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