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Mar 7, 2015

05:33:12 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150307-47227-USA

Date / time: 07/03/2015 05:32:01 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Florida

Location: St. Petersburg [C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


The C.W Bill Young VA Medical Center confirms a patient treated there tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease. The patient was staying in building 100, the main hub of the hospital. Building 100 is 186-bed facility which houses acute care and outpatient care. As for the patient's cause of death, the hospital spokesperson says, "We can confirm the patient died due to medical complications," said Jason Dangel, Public Affairs Officer with Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. 'Following confirmation of the case, and out an abundance of caution, we restricted the use of showers in building 100 and also completed water testing. We are currently waiting for testing results," said Dangel. The CDC says Legionnaire's is contracted by breathing in a mist or a vapor. That's why showering in building 100 has been restricted since February 27th. Dangel says that restriction will stay in place until test results are back. Those results are expected Monday. "Alternative methods maintaining hygiene are being utilized such as bed baths, or sponge baths. This is a common beside hygiene method used in acute care settings," said Dangel.

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