Patient in Washington diagnosed with Legionnaires while receiving treatment at UWMC

June 5, 2018

A patient on a cancer unit in the Seattle's University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease less than a year after the Legionnaires’ death of another patient, according to an article on Seattle Times website.

The current patient is in satisfactory condition and health officials are conducting an investigation to determine if or to what extent the infectious bacteria remains at the hospital.

The hospital has closed down two rooms in which the patient received care and is conducting tests to determine where and when the person contracted the disease.

Last year, medical histories for at least two patients, including the woman who died, suggested that they contracted Legionella while in the same UWMC building in which five people picked up the illness in 2016.

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