OAK PARK, IL (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) – Public health officials are investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease that may have occurred at Rush Oak Park Hospital English: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art. According to IDPH, this week in the hospital water samples were tested for bacteria.
It was unclear whether the infected patients were exposed to hospital time when they could have been exposed, IDPH said. One was a patient in May, the other in mid-July.
The Department of Health said that previous water samples taken at Rush Oak Park Hospital were tested positive for Legionella bacteria. According to IDPH, additional information was collected to investigate the origin of the bacterium.
The spokeswoman for the hospital, Deb Song, said the "likelihood that they would contract here [Legionnaires̵
"The cause of these two cases remains to be determined, and the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff is paramount," said Song. "The Rush Oak Park Hospital has a comprehensive water management program that meets the highest federal standards and CDC best practices."
Legionella are transmitted by water droplets and can cause severe lung infections and possibly death. The bacterium mixes in showers or wells with the air.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of legionnaires' disease in the US have risen by more than 500% since 2001. The disease was discovered in 1976 during an outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion in Philadelphia.