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Residents become ill with pneumonia at Quincy Veterans’ Home

We’re now hearing from the Illinois Department of Public Health after several cases of communicable respiratory illness was discovered at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.

Jen Layden with IDPH says some of the nine residents who became sick had signs and symptoms of pneumonia.

State officials say those symptoms started showing between July 24 and August 10.

Some of those residents were taken to the hospital to be treated, others were treated at the home.

“We are working with the facility and providing them guidance and assistance on how to test and what to test them for,” said Layden. “Guidance on implementing appropriate interventions within the facility to reduce transmission from person to person.

Layden says there is no evidence from clinical testing that these cases are linked to legionella.

There were several legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the home from 2015 to 2018 where more than a dozen people died and numerous others were sickened.

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Kaylee Pfeiferling

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