Patients have tested positive for Legionnaires ‘disease in and American hospital in Madison. 11 people have contracted the disease and one person has died.
Changes to the water system may be the cause and tests are being carried out to confirm the origin of the outbreak. While the exact cause is still under investigation the hospital took the decision to reduce water flow at low demand times and the cases appear to be linked to this.
When Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed the hospital stopped the use of all showers as a precaution and the whole building has undergone a chlorination.