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Legionnaires' Disease at Quincy Home for Veterans

Oct 19, 2017

More cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at a western Illinois veterans' home, more than two years after an outbreak killed 12 people and sickened 54 at the facility.

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs said two residents contracted the disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Department spokesperson Dave MacDonna said one resident died last week, though it’s believed the death resulted from other factors. The other resident is recovering.

The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease grow in warm water and are often present in water supplies.   

MacDonna said the source of the current Legionnaires' disease cases is not currently known. He said the facility is "testing the water and closely monitoring residents."

Facility administrator Troy Culbertson said the home's water is tested often and results have been negative.