Feb 16, 2018

Two More Legionnaires' Cases at Illinois Veterans Home

Officials are investigating the cause and exploring why continued efforts to improve water quality are not working at the Veterans home

Legionnaires' disease outbreak at Veterans Home leads to legislative hearing

Two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported at the Illinois Veterans Home of Quincy, Ill. The most recent two cases are among residents of the home, and the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a news release Feb. 12 that the residents are recovering. After legionella resurfaced this past week, engineering staff removed faucets from the sick residents’ rooms and collected sample. The home assures residents and staff that they are doing everything they can to insure safety.

This latest report of Legionnaires’ disease follows a slew of outbreaks at the home that have gained national attention. Since 2015, 13 residents have died in illness related to the disease and moe than 60 residents and employees have fallen ill. 11 lawsuits have been filed against the state for negligence.

Last month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the water treatment system upgrade following a week long stay at the veterans home. Rauner plans to build a new plumbing system at the home. Prior to a joint legislative hearing held Jan. 9 regarding the outbreaks, the governor stayed at the home to gain a deeper understanding of the water treatment and monitoring practices currently in effect.