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Tucson VA Receives Latest Legionella Retest Results, 2nd Quarter, FY 2017

March 17, 2017

TUCSON, AZ – Earlier this week, the Tucson VA received Legionella retest results from the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 by drawing water samples, which includes both the hot and the cold water distribution systems from inpatient hospital areas.

The latest results indicate the remediation process for Legionella eradication has been successful; however, four faucet tested positive for Legionella, three in Building 2 and one in Building 60. 

The Tucson VA has installed point of use filters, which block Legionella, on the faucets which tested positive and are taking immediate remediation steps and will retest in accordance with VHA Directive 1061, Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Legionella Disease and Scald Injury from Potable Water Distribution Systems. The Tucson VA has a zero tolerance policy for legionella bacteria, and there is no impact to patient care.

It is important to note that Legionella is present in natural and artificial water environments worldwide. Person-to-person transmission of Legionella disease does not occur. We want to stress the water is safe to drink, use in washing of hands and for use in patient care. The water conditions at the Tucson VA have not caused any infection in either patients or staff.

For media inquiries, please contact the SAVAHCS Public Affairs office at (520) 629-1819.

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