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Fatal case of Legionnaires' likely not acquired at hospital, VA says

| Thursday, May 7, 2015, 5:20 p.m.

The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System has found no evidence that its Oakland campus caused a fatal case of Legionnaires' disease last month, spokesman Donald Manuszewski said Thursday.

The VA has done about 30 water tests in and near the area where the patient received care before his diagnosis April 21, Manuszewski said. He said none revealed Legionella, the waterborne bacteria that can cause the disease.

“We continue to believe that it was community-acquired,” he said of the case. The patient died early April 22.

Manuszewski said he did not know whether water tests at the patient's home or workplace have turned up the bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is helping investigate, running tests to identify the type of Legionella involved.

Adam Smeltz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5676 or asmeltz@tribweb.com.

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