In a follow-up on the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital in Ohio, health officials now put the outbreak total to 16, including one death.
In a statement from hospital officials, they note they are confident that they have identified the source of bacteria. Tests received this week from water samples taken May 23 through June 1 showed significant legionella bacteria were in our hot water system at that time.
It is believed the bacteria are linked to inadequate disinfection prior to Mount Carmel Grove City’s opening.
Mount Carmel Grove City has implemented the following steps to protect those who have contact with the hospital and to reduce the risk of more infections:
- Flushing all hot and cold water lines and fixtures throughout facility
- Implementing immediate practices to disinfect hot and cold water lines and fixtures
- Testing and cleaning all ice machines
- Making sure the on-sight cooling towers are cleaned and serviced
- Testing water sources and providing test results to the Ohio Department of Health
- Providing their water management plan to the Ohio Department of Health for review
- Passing out bottled water to patients and staff
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