Lawmakers Demand Permanent Legionnaires' Disease Plan for Quincy

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report that the possibility of future cases can not be eliminated. Posner said he agreed with the actions taken by the state agencies and that he thought they'd done "an outstanding job" developing a water program to minimize risk of water being contaminated with the bacteria.

Mcsweeney, a fiscal conservative, said he'd support such funding.

"We need to build a new facility through renovation or use some of the 210 acres", McSweeney said.

A federal health official says Legionnaires' disease is on the rise nationally partly because of an aging population and an aging infrastructure.

Legionnaires' disease at the Quincy veterans home contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015 and sickened dozens more, according to The Associated Press. State officials said they have followed all of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and have even gone beyond in some cases. That's up from 5,000 the year before.

Officials say it would cost about $25 million to replace the plumbing at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy to mitigate Legionnaires' disease. "Most cases of pneumonia, we don't ever really achieve or know what the bacteria or virus that caused it was". He said Quincy home staff were told within 27 minutes of learning about the outbreak and they were ordered to restrict water usage that "turned the tide on the epidemic". She said in a release that she would be demanding answers from the Governor's administration on how the disease outbreaks were able to spread. Republican Sen. Sam McCann said Shah should resign, criticizing him for taking three days to notify the governor's senior staff of the outbreak and for withholding from families what the department knew early on about the outbreak. Shah learned of an outbreak at Quincy on August 21, 2015. "On Aug. 27, we were sure".

Shah said the important thing in such an emergency is to notify the facility.

In 2015, 12 veterans died.

State Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, represents the 47th Illinois Senate District that includes the Quincy Veterans Home.

The sprawling facility in western IL has been the site of 13 deaths from Legionnaires' since 2015.

Before alerting the public, she and Shah briefed leadership, immediately began remediation on the water supply, educated the staff and took vital signs of all residents, Jeffries said.

"Not only are they top of their profession in medical care and medical knowledge and expertise as well as maintenance expertise and other types of professional ability, they are a loving, nurturing, extended family for the veterans who live here", said Rauner.

Thirteen residents at the home have died since 2015 because of complications of Legionnaires' disease.

I've visited the home for many years and observed the great quality of care the staff provide to the residents.

Rauner moved into the home in Quincy after the first of the year. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park. He expects testimony from Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries and Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The CDC declared in a report last week that eliminating the bacteria from the home's water is unlikely.

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