UPDATE: Legionnaires’ Disease bacteria found in Hastings hospital


HASTINGS, Mich. (WLNS) – A bacteria that causes a deadly disease is in a Michigan hospital’s water supply and there’s fear that it might be tied to a patient’s death.

Officials at Spectrum Health Hospital in Hastings tested several locations around the facility and found out yesterday that results came back positive for Legionella, a bacteria that can cause Legionnaires’ Disease, which is a serious lung infection.

According to the hospital, that man was 92-years-old. He was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease last month.

He was the second patient diagnosed with it and that’s why hospital officials tested the water.

They can’t say right now if he got the disease from the water supply at the hospital, and they also can’t say if that’s what killed him because he was 92 and had other health issues.

According to the hospital, the other person with the disease was cured.

While they work to figure out if there’s a connection, hospital officials want people to know that they’re taking steps to protect everyone there.

“Patient safety, the safety our visitors and the safety of our staff is absolutely the most important thing to us at Spectrum Health, and we’ve been in collaboration working hard together to try to take immediate steps to make sure that that safety is of our upmost importance and everything that we can put into place, we will and have at this point. We’ve taken immediate action since yesterday,” said Leslie Jurecko, the Vice President of Quality, Safety, & Experience at Spectrum Health System.

A few symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include cough, shortness of breath, and headaches. In extreme cases, it can be deadly. While Spectrum officials say they are working to fix this problem, they urge anyone who is experiencing symptoms to contact their doctor.


ORIGINAL STORY: One of the patients treated for Legionnaires’ Disease has died. Officials say it’s not clear if it was directly related to the disease.

The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ Disease has been found in the water supply of a hospital in Hastings.

Legionella was found in testing done at the Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital on December 18.

Last month two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease were found in the hospital and reported to the Barry-Eaton Health Department.

It is not known if the two recent cases at the hospital are related to the Legionella found in the water supply.

The hospital is using alternative water sources, including bottled water and filtration devices.

Legionnaire’s Disease is a kind of pneumonia, or lung infection.

People can become infected with Legionella when they breathe in water droplets containing the bacteria.

Symptoms of Legionnaire’s Disease are cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, and fever.

Legionnaire’s Disease can be serious but is treatable with antibiotics. 

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