Two Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at Mercy Hospital
The Illinois Department of Public Health is currently investigating a case of the Legionella bacteria at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. The investigation was prompted by two cases of Legionnaires’ in patients that were possibly exposed at the hospital.
The Legionella bacteria can cause a serious pneumonia-type illness called Legionnaires’ disease as well as Pontiac fever, a mild flu-like illness.
The investigation is currently limited to the facility on the city’s Near South Side. On Thursday, the IDPH and the Chicago Department Public Health evaluated the presence of the Legionella bacteria in the hospital water systems and collected samples for laboratory testing
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