Legionairre's Disease: Three Rivers Nurture It

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs conceded negligence in one of the fatal cases of hospital-acquired Legionnaire's Disease that have plagued the VA in Pittsburgh. In total 21 cases have been identified.

Irrespective of the issues regarding the VA, which likely resulted in the resignations of regional and local VA personnel, the fact remains that the Pittsburgh area is rife with Legionella. In fact, if taken as a state, the city of Pittsburgh would rank high as a state. Perhaps the confluence of our famed three rivers provide the perfect environment for Legionella.

In Pittsburgh, every case of pneumonia is considered a potential Legionella case.