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Hastings hospital water tests positive for bacteria causing Legionnaire's disease



by Andrew Minegar | Newschannel 3

Hastings hospital water tests positive for bacteria that cause legionnaires' disease. (WWMT / File ̵

1; MGN)

Legionella bacteria have been identified in the water supply of the Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital in Hastings.

The Health Department of the Barry-Eaton District was informed of two cases of legionnaires' disease in patients with Spectrum Health Pennock found in November. The hospital sampled the water on December 18 and found Legionella in the water after the test results were returned on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Spectrum Health said in a publication, "At this time, there was no confirmed case of a patient suffering from Legionnaires' disease at the hospital."

Legionella, a pneumonia or pneumonia, are legionella can be treated with antibiotics but are serious and one in ten people does not spread from person to person.

Adverse symptoms include:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • fever

A spokesperson for Spectrum Health said, "We are implementing our action plan and taking all necessary measures to address this situation, such as water filtration systems." We are working with local and state health departments to follow disease control and compliance guidelines Prevention of disease

The hospital is testing auc h Patients on Legionnaire's disease.

The Health Department and Spectrum Health Pennock monitor the water supply.


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