Hospital May Have Link To 3 Legionnaires' Cases

Jim Gudas
December 13, 2019 - 8:33 pm
Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, illustration work in high details

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State and DuPage County health investigators are looking into three cases of Legionnaires’ disease involving patients who were treated at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said one of the cases involves someone who was admitted to the hospital and also two people who were treated as outpatients.

State health investigators says it’s possible the three people could have contracted Legionnaires’ inside or outside the hospital.

The state health department says it can be spread through large water systems. As a precaution, the hospital is taking steps to remove any possible legionella bacteria from its water system, including flushing its plumbing.

The health department adds that most healthy people don’t develop Legionnaires’ disease, even if they are exposed to the bacteria that causes it.