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New Legionnaires’ Outbreak Reported in Chicago

May 7, 2019 – Health authorities are investigating a new outbreak involving at least 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease among patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UChicago Medicine), according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

News of the new cases of Legionnaires follows 2 other confirmed cases of the infection last week at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, the Sun-Times reports. Both facilities said they are cooperating with ongoing investigations to determine the source of the illnesses.

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What’s the problem?

Both patients who were most recently diagnosed with Legionnaires had previously been treated at other facilities, health officials said.

Water testing at UChicago Medicine showed no signs of Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires, in the facility’s water supply, a UCMC spokesperson told the Sun-Times.

Both local and state health officials visited UCMC this week to help investigate the source of the outbreak. The investigation is limited to the hospital and there is no risk to the public, the state’s public health department said.

“We are confident all our patients are safe,” the spokesperson said. “To be clear, these patients were in our facilities for only a portion of their risk period, and none of our water tests has revealed Legionella.”

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