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Legionnaire’s Limits Water Use at IU Health Hospitals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): After two IU Health patients tested positive for Legionnaire’s disease, hospital officials at IU Health’s University Hospital and Simon Cancer Center are telling other patients to drink bottled water and not bathe or shower with the tap water.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the restrictions came after samples of water tested positive for Legionella bacteria, the germ that causes the potentially deadly illness.

IU Health officials went room-to-room explaining the decision to limit water consumption for patients.

“We felt that it was a precautionary move that we should make,” said Dr. Douglas Webb, medical director for infection control of Indiana University Health.

IU Health officials are still continuing to investigate how water at the University Hospital became infected.

Also earlier this week, IU Health officials announced that two patients had tested positive within the past month for Legionnaire’s disease and had died. Webb declined to give specific dates for the deaths.

No additional cases of Legionnaire’s have surfaced.

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