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Tucson VA receives latest Legionella test results 1st quarter 2018

January 2, 2018

TUCSON, AZ – The Tucson VA conducts quarterly Legionella tests by drawing water samples, which includes both the hot and cold water distribution system from various hospital areas. Earlier this week, the Tucson VA received new Legionella test results for the 1st Quarter of fiscal year 2018.

The current quarterly testing, which included 149 water samples from eight buildings throughout the Tucson VA Medical Center, resulted in 11 positive indications of Legionella within fixtures in Buildings 67 and 95. 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 each of the fixtures 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 retest 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 Tucson VA Public Affairs office at (520) 629-1819.

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