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Legionnaires' bacteria found in Texas VA hospital

Dec. 10, 2013 - 11:30AM   |  
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WACO, TEXAS — Officials say water sources at more than three buildings at a Texas veterans hospital have tested positive for legionella, a bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ disease.

The Waco Veterans Affairs Medical Center had all of its buildings tested after a patient tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease in October.

Hospital spokeswoman Deborah Meyer tells the Waco Tribune-Herald test results show at least three buildings have some level of legionella. Final test results have not come back on all buildings.

Meyer says the patient who had Legionnaires’ disease has been successfully treated.

Officials will inject water in the affected buildings with higher levels of chlorine to get rid of the legionella.

Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection that can cause deadly pneumonia. It doesn’t spread from person to person.

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