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Tucson VA Receives Legionella Re-test Results for Building 95

April 18, 2017

TUCSON, AZ – Late last week, the Tucson VA received Legionella re-tests results from Building 95, the Mental Health Residential Treatment Program building. The re-test included both the hot and cold water distribution systems within the building. 

The test samples, which included 12 water samples from various locations throughout the building found 8 positive indication of Legionella in the fixtures. The water samples are processed by Phigenics Analytics Services Laboratory who is certified to conduct the Legionella testing.

A point of use filter, which blocks Legionella, was installed on the faucet which tested positive, and we 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 test results will be available within 10 to 14 days, and the results will be shared with our Veterans, employees, and the public. 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 infections in either patients or staff.

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

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