Two new cases of Legionnaires' Disease at Illinois Veterans Home

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reports two new, laboratory-confirmed, cases of Legionnaires' Disease at an Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

After learning of the two cases, staff removed faucets from the residents rooms right away and collected water samples.

Both residents are back at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and are doing well.

The veterans home just completed an extensive renovation of its plumbing systems last year after a 2015 Legionnaires' Disease outbreak.

Renovations included construction of a water treatment plant that provided better quality water.

The Illinois department of Veterans Affairs says it will continue to test and treat its water for harmful bacteria, and they will also continue to work with the Illinois Department of Health and CDC.

Illinois General Assembly Senate Republican Staff member Rachel Bold released the following statement in response to the new cases:

"Governor Rauner continues to work with IDPH Director Nirav Shah, IDVA Director Erica Jeffries, the CDC and the Adams County Health Department to provide for the health and safety of the skilled nursing home's residents and staff. Engineering staff at the home acted quickly, immediately implementing prescribed contingency responses -- completing thermal eradication and other measures to protect residents and staff. Our goal must be to put politics aside and work together to keep our veterans safe and healthy."

State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is outraged at news of two more confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy.

"While the governor continues to live in a fantasy world, creating bureaucratic task forces and dodging requests for information, two more of our nation's heroes have tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease," Cullerton said. "Gov. Bruce Rauner has failed our veterans once again. Our nation's heroes need a solution now. They cannot afford to wait another three years for the governor to finally do his job."

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