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Tucson VA Receives Legionella Results for Building 67

August 3, 2017

TUCSON, AZ –Earlier this week, the Tucson VA received Legionella tests results from the newly constructed Building 67, One West Mental Health Inpatient building. This is the first test of legionella in the new building. The test included both the hot and cold water distribution systems within the building. 

The test samples found 3 positive indication of Legionella in the fixtures. There is no impact to patient or staff in Building 67 as there are no patients admitted to the new unit.

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.

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.