Illinois health department website has incorrect Legionnaires' data

Illinois health department website has incorrect Legionnaires' data

"I will take your money representative", Jeffries said, adding, "We will begin working up that robust plan immediately". Lawmakers were examining an outbreak of Legionnaires' that has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy since 2015.

"If this is how the facility is at 100 years how do we expect it to last for another hundred?" That delay was the subject of a December WBEZ-FM 91.5 report, which raised questions about the administration's handling of the health crisis. The hearing gets underway at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In the meantime, she said, staff was instructed to check residents' vital signs more frequently and residents were told informally that there was the risk of an infectious disease on the campus.

"It is increased surveillance", Jeffries said.

Lawmakers questioned that reasoning, saying relatives of the residents didn't get information that might have led them to remove their loved ones from the home. "I say this recognizing full well that this is no comfort to the families of those who became sick or passed away and our hearts do and continue to go out to them".

Others were more pointed with their criticism.

Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview criticized Dr. Nirav Shah (NEER'-uhv SHA') in a legislative hearing Tuesday because he doesn't have Gov. Bruce Rauner's cellphone number.

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. Elmore has been in use for more than 50 years, and Kent is closed due to mold. He's expected to leave the home Wednesday and speak to reporters, a spokeswoman said. 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 care at the facility "was so good that (relatives) wanted their family members to stay there". Shah learned of an outbreak at Quincy on August 21, 2015.

Legionnaires' is a respiratory virus that is contracted by breathing in water vapor that may contain the bacteria.

In 2016, two volunteers and three residents had symptoms of the disease.

In 2015, 12 veterans died.

The recent news stories about the home and the tragic loss of some of our residents has raised many concerns among the public. To do anything less would be a disservice to those who have sacrificed so much in their service to us. "I would be delighted, I would be honored, proud, no hesitation whatsoever to have any member of my family come to live here". "I have taken all my showers here, every day, in the showers here, I have drunken the water from the sinks here and other sources".

Sitting alongside Shah and Jeffries during the almost four-hour hearing was Sam Posner, associate director for epidemiological science for the CDC.

Frese said after "constantly reading" on the matter, he found Quincy had 92 cases of pneumonia from January through November of 2017, five or six which were cause by Legionella.

Posner says there were 6,000 cases of Legionnaires' nationally past year.

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