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State's Response to Legionnaires' Outbreak 'Quick,' 'Decisive'

13 January 2018

"I'm impressed. I might even vote for him", Jardine said. The disease is caused by bacteria that multiplies in water supplies and sickens particularly elderly people who inhale the vapor.

As the hearing was underway, Rauner was in the midst of an extended stay at the Quincy home in what his team has described as an attempt to learn more about the problem.

The first-term Republican told reporters that cutting-edge water distribution will quickly advance his goal of "zero risk" of of the water-borne pneumonia at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, where the disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents since 2015 and sickened dozens more veterans and staff members.

"Eradication of biofilm is virtually impossible", Posner said of the substance Legionnaires' bacteria forms, most often in water pipes.

Finally, Rauner said the Quincy hospital has agreed to return results on Legionnaires' tests within hours, instead of the days the Illinois Department of Public Health has had to wait previously.

According to the CDC expert, the adaptation of strong water management systems is the only way to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Jeffries, an Army veteran, says a press release went out days after they had their "facts straight".

With frequent guidance from the CDC, the new water treatment system manager, Phigenics, implemented a new, advanced treatment system and walked us through how the technology removes all contamination and the legionella bacteria.

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Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report with recommendations for minimizing the risk of new cases at the 132-year-old home but warned that the possibility of future cases "cannot be eliminated".

"I'll tell you right now, I'll support it", said McSweeney, a Rauner foe who has continually fought tax increases and added spending.

"If this is how the facility is at 100 years how do we expect it to last for another hundred?" "I'm one of the most fiscally conservative members [of the legislature]".

During a joint House and Senate veterans affairs committee hearing Tuesday in Chicago, lawmakers asked veterans affairs and public health officials about what is being done to deal with a Legionnaires' outbreak that began in 2015.

Jeffries said the state has a plan on standby and will move it forward, but didn't provide any details.

Officials say it would cost $25 million to replace plumbing to mitigate the disease at the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy. State Senator Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, issued a statement after Rauner called for the replacement of pipes and improved infrastructure at the home.

Dr. Nirav Shah (NEER'-uhv SHA) says he has seen how well staff cares for the 349 residents at the home.

The Quincy Veterans' Home opened in 1886, making it the flagship of our state's veterans' facilities.The home is beloved in the region, with a dedicated volunteer community group known as the "Friends of the Quincy Veterans' Home" that acts as the eyes and ears of the home to ensure our veterans there are always receiving the care they deserve.

State's Response to Legionnaires' Outbreak 'Quick,' 'Decisive'