SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing...
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials say last summer's Legionnaires' disease outbreak resulted in up to 49 confirmed, probable or suspected cases, and was linked to two...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease and a second inmate has tested positive for the disease, which is considered a severe type of...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state audit released Monday contradicted former Gov. Bruce Rauner's claim that his administration had done everything federal experts recommended to remedy a deadly 2015...
Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated in NW Minnesota
CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires' disease in northwestern Minnesota.
The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did not stay overnight but had visited the hotel.
Investigators are working with the hotel to determine the source of the bacteria. But evidence suggests the source is the hotel's spa.
Judge: Give me weeks for decision in big Flint water case
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge said Wednesday it will likely take weeks for him to decide whether Michigan's former health director will continue to face involuntary manslaughter charges arising from the Flint water crisis.
Manteno veterans’ home resident with Legionnaires’ dies
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Manteno veterans' home resident who contracted Legionnaires' disease has died, state officials said Friday, becoming the 15th resident of a state veterans' facility killed by the flu-like illness.
The resident died Sunday night, Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs spokesman Dave MacDonna said. He could not release further details.
15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal
DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record.
— Michael Prysby, Stephen Busch, Liane Shekter Smith, Adam Rosenthal, all from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
— Mike Glasgow and Daugherty "Duffy" Johnson, who both worked for the city of Flint.
3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public.
Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead, seven of 15 defendants have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors, some as minor as disrupting a public meeting. Their records eventually will be scrubbed clean.
Case of Legionnaires’ confirmed at Manteno Veterans’ Home
MANTENO, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs says it's taking action after a case of Legionnaires' disease was confirmed at a home for veterans.
The department says it was alerted early Tuesday by hospital medical staff that a resident of the Manteno Veterans' Home had tested positive for the flu-like illness.
Another misdemeanor deal in Flint water investigation
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation.
It's a break for Liane Shekter Smith, who was facing felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter , in an investigation of Flint's lead-tainted water and a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan's new attorney general announced Friday.
Man tests positive for Legionnaires’, dies from pneumonia
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) — A 92-year-old man has died from pneumonia after testing positive last month in a western Michigan hospital for Legionnaires' disease.
The man was treated at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital in Hastings, southeast of Grand Rapids. He was discharged to a rehab center and later died.
The hospital tested its water system on Dec. 12 after the man's positive test for Legionnaires' was confirmed. Tests results of the system were positive for Legionella bacteria.
2 Legionnaires’ cases reported involving guests at hotel
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Health officials suspect that a suburban St. Louis hotel's water supply may be to blame after two unrelated guests were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said late Wedneday that it and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning recent guests of the Marriott St. Louis West hotel in western St. Louis County that they could have been exposed.
UW Hospital now has 14 cases of Legionnaires’ and 3 deaths
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Legionnaires' disease outbreak linked to UW Hospital's water system has infected 14 people with the pneumonia-like bacteria, and three have died.
Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Brunette tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the patients who died had other serious, life-limiting health conditions.
Final plan for Quincy veterans’ home to be unveiled
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — State officials are ready to display the final master plan for redevelopment of the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy.
The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has scheduled an open house Tuesday at Lippincott Hall on the campus. The public may view the plan from 4 to 7 p.m.
11 patients at UW Hospital developed Legionnaires’ disease
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Eleven patients at UW Hospital developed Legionnaires' disease, apparently due to bacteria in the hospital's hot water system.
Officials said Friday that four of the patients remained hospitalized and six were discharged or treated at outpatient facilities.
- Wisconsin State JournalUW Hospital now has 14 cases of Legionnaires' disease, three deathsDecember 18, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalUW Hospital now has 11 cases of Legionnaires' diseaseDecember 8, 2018
- Wisconsin State JournalFour UW Hospital patients develop Legionnaires' diseaseNovember 29, 2018
- The Sun4 in Lowell Contract Legionnaires' DiseaseSeptember 7, 2018
Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick Snyder's Cabinet to go before a jury.
Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week.
Most of those who got sick visited the park in the fall of 2017. Disneyland has denied it was the source, pointing to three infected people who had been in the city of Anaheim where Disneyland is located, but not at the park itself. One of them died.
1 who contracted Legionnaires’ disease in Madison has died
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University Hospital in Madison says one of five patients who contracted Legionnaires' disease has died.
Spokeswoman Lisa Brunette says the patient who died also had other severe health problems. A fifth case of the disease was discovered Thursday at UW Hospital. St. Mary's Hospital in Madison also has reported a case of Legionnaires.
4 UW Hospital patients diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials at UW Hospital say four hospital patients have developed Legionnaires' disease.
The patients tested positive for the disease in the past 10 days. The hospital is conducting tests to determine if the bacterium is related to the hospital's water system.
2 clusters of Legionnaires’ disease in Illinois identified
CHICAGO (AP) — State public health officials say they've identified a cluster of Legionnaires' disease in Chicago and another in nearby Lake and McHenry counties.
The Illinois Department of Public Health in a news release says it is investigating possible sources of the Legionnaires' disease but says the clusters aren't connected.
Oakland County reporting uptick in Legionnaires’ cases
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Health officials in a suburban Detroit county are reporting an increase in confirmed Legionnaires' disease cases.
The Oakland County Health Division says Monday that there were 52 cases through Oct. 8 and 63 confirmed cases of the disease through Oct. 17. There were 47 in 2017.
Quincy nursing unit named for native Korean War hero
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A skilled-nursing addition to the state-run veterans' home in Quincy has been named for a Medal of Honor winner killed in the Korean War.
Cpl. Lester Hammond Jr. grew up in Quincy. He was killed in action protecting his unit from enemy fire. He is buried at Sunset Cemetery at the veterans' home.
1 dead in 2nd Legionnaires’ cluster in NYC neighborhood
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials say one person has died in connection with the latest cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases in lower Washington Heights that has stricken 16 people.
The Health Department said Wednesday the person had underlying health conditions.
It's the second cluster of Legionnaires' disease in the same Manhattan neighborhood where more than 20 people were infected with the disease in July, killing one person.
2nd Legionnaires’ cluster reported in NYC neighborhood
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials are investigating a second cluster of Legionnaires' disease in the same Manhattan neighborhood where more than 20 people were infected with the disease in July.
The Health Department said Friday that eight people in lower Washington Heights have been hospitalized for Legionnaires' in the past five days. None of them has died.
Fighting for seat, Rauner rips Pritzker as ‘trust fund baby’
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, battling to keep his job, attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday as a "trust fund baby" and a tax cheat who "represents everything that's wrong in Illinois."
Pritzker accused Rauner of being slow to act after he learned a suburban Chicago company where he once had a business interest was emitting cancer-causing gas, and of covering up a deadly Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans' home.
State requiring more Legionnaires’ disease tests at hotel
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is requiring more tests for Legionnaires' disease at a hotel in Hampton before warning signs can be removed from the hotel lobby.
Resort owner calls for state to remove Legionnaires’ signs
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire beach hotel is asking the state to remove signs warning of Legionnaires' disease now that water tests have come up clean.
Patient at VA hospital diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease
BOSTON (AP) — Water at three Veterans Affairs hospitals in Boston is being tested after a patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.
The Boston Globe reports that the VA Healthcare System announced the diagnosis Friday and is testing water at its hospitals in the city's Brockton, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury neighborhoods.
Legionnaires’ disease reported at Rhode Island nursing home
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed three cases of Legionnaires' disease at a Rhode Island nursing home.
The state Department of Health says the cases were diagnosed at the Summit Commons Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Providence between mid-August and early September.
Department spokesman Joseph Wendelken says he could not comment on the conditions of the patients.
Legionnaires’ disease cases jump in Sioux Falls
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials are investigating a jump in the number of Legionnaires' disease cases in Sioux Falls.
The South Dakota Department of Health said Thursday there are 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who live in or have traveled to Sioux Falls. All 14 people were hospitalized and one died. The patients range in age from 36 to 80.
NH Legionnaires’ investigation winds down with no new cases
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Agencies including the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services say they are wrapping up an investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Hampton.
The health department says 18 individuals have been confirmed to have the disease. It says there have been no new cases reported to the state since the hot tubs at the Sands Resort and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel were shut down during the last week of August.
Italy confirms Legionnaires’ outbreak from cooling towers
ROME (AP) — Officials in northern Italy say they have confirmed that commercial water cooling towers were the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that sent more than 400 people to the hospital with pneumonia. Two people died.
Of the 10 tests on samples taken from three cooling towers in the three hardest-hit towns, nine tested positive for the Legionnaires' bacteria.
Michigan health chief fights to undo manslaughter charges
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of Michigan's health department is trying to overturn a decision that sends him to trial for two deaths in the Flint water crisis.
In court filings Monday, Nick Lyon's legal team asked a judge to dismiss involuntary manslaughter and other charges. A lower court judge in August said there was enough evidence to send Lyon to trial.
Italy health authorities investigate pneumonia outbreak
ROME (AP) — Health authorities in northern Italy are investigating whether bacteria — including the one that causes Legionnaires' disease — inhaled from the water supply is behind an outbreak of pneumonia that has afflicted nearly 150 people.
Hotel sued over Legionnaire’s disease outbreak
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Two Massachusetts women are suing a New Hampshire hotel at the center of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak.
WMUR-TV reports that Louise Pare, of Gardner, and Celeste Billington, of Templeton, were diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease after staying at The Sands Resort for three days starting Aug. 3.
Hotel told to fix Legionella bacteria problem, notify guests
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials have ordered a Hampton beach hotel to take immediate steps to remove a potentially deadly bacteria from its water system.
NH officials: 2 more Legionnaires’ cases reported
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Public health authorities in New Hampshire say two more people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total to 14.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services reported previously that there was one death. All 14 likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton.
Health officials: 12 case of Legionnaire’s disease found
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Public health authorities in New Hampshire say 12 people have been identified with Legionnaire's disease and at least one person has died.
Law requires quarterly reports of health of veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring quarterly reports on the health of veterans under state care after a Legionnaires' disease crisis at a state-run veterans' home.
Rauner vetoes larger damages for Legionnaire’s victims
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have boosted the maximum damage award allowed survivors of veterans who died of Legionnaire's disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
The legislation would have increased from $100,000 to $2 million the maximum damage award survivors of veterans could seek from the state. The bill passed with bipartisan, support in the General Assembly.
Michigan official faces manslaughter trial over Flint deaths
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Monday ordered Michigan's health director to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in two deaths linked to Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, the highest-ranking official to face criminal charges as a result of the city's tainted water scandal.
Key moments in lead in water crisis in Flint, Michigan
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge in Flint, Michigan on Monday ruled that there is enough evidence for the head of Michigan's health department, Nick Lyon, to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis. He's accused of not providing timely notification to the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015.
Michigan health chief wants judge to drop charges
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for Michigan's health director urged a judge Wednesday to "resist public pressures" and dismiss criminal charges arising from the Flint water scandal, arguing that the head of a sprawling state agency shouldn't be held responsible for the deaths of two people during a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
PARMA, Ohio (AP) — Officials with a health board in Ohio say 11 cases of Legionnaires' disease have been confirmed in a Cleveland suburb, with one death reported.
The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Board of Health says 10 patients were hospitalized. A 93 year-old Parma woman died July 5.
CHICAGO (AP) — The family of another veteran who died after contracting Legionnaires' disease at an Illinois veterans' home is suing the state for negligence.
WBEZ reports it's the 12th lawsuit to arise from a series of Legionnaires' outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans Home. The disease has been linked to 14 deaths at the home since 2015.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials are investigating reports of two cases of Legionnaires' disease that guests of a Laughlin hotel-casino reported after staying at the property in November and March.
The Southern Nevada Health District said it is notifying current and past guests of Harrah's Laughlin Hotel and Casino after the hotel tested positive for the bacteria which causes pneumonia-like symptoms.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Officials say cooling towers at an office building at the Illinois State Capitol complex are being disinfected after a marginal amount of legionella bacteria was detected.
The Illinois Secretary of State's office sent a memo Thursday saying the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was detected in a cooling tower of the Stratton Building.