QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Officials say there are two more laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents of a veterans’ home in western Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday night that its engineering staff has removed faucets from the residents’ rooms at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy, collected water samples and taken other steps to ensure safe water.READ MORE: Mother Has Questions After Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
The department says the two residents with the respiratory illness are doing well. The disease is caused by bacteria in water vapor that’s inhaled.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Coming As Work Week Begins
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has faced scrutiny for its handling of a 2015 outbreak at Quincy of Legionnaires’ disease, which returned in 2016 and 2017. It’s contributed to the deaths of 13 residents — 12 in 2015 and one last fall — and sickened dozens more.MORE NEWS: Farmers Market Vendors Pleased As Open Boulevards Program Kicks Off In Logan Square
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