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Communicable respiratory illness confirmed at Illinois Veterans’ Home

QUINCY, IL (WGEM) —  Nine residents have been confirmed to have a communicable respiratory illnesses with three other possible cases at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA).

Legionella has killed 16 people at the home since 2015, but IDVA officials said they do not suspect Legionella to be the cause of this recent outbreak. They believe it is a common bacterial or viral cause.

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported several cases of pneumonia at the home over the last two months.

A news release stated the illnesses happened between July 24th and August 10th, but VA records show cases of pneumonia reported as early as July 16th.

They added symptoms have been reported from July 24,2019 to August 10, 2019.

It has been reported that the Veterans’ Home has notified the patients, family and staff about the outbreak.

The Adams County Health Department is assisting in the investigation along with IDPH.

Officials said they are providing clinical testing, infection control, and trying to stop the spread to further residents and staff.

Local and state officials declined our requests for an interview.

You can find a list of public health notices at Illinois veterans homes at www.veterans.illinois.gov.

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