Legionella discovered at VA outpatient clinic in Washington County



WASHINGTON, Pa. - Appointments on Friday at a Washington County VA outpatient clinic were canceled after Legionella was found in the water system.

A low level of bacteria was found in the water system, but no illnesses have been reported. The clinic is in Washington Crown Center Mall.

VA officials said they're treating the water system to eliminate the bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease. Appointments are scheduled to resume Monday.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at two VA facilities in Allegheny County.

As many as 21 patients contracted the disease from the water system at the Oakland and O'Hara campuses. Five of those patients died.

Chuck Moyar, a Vietnam veteran and current president of the Washington County Honor Guard, said it just doesn’t make sense. He said the two Pittsburgh VA hospitals are far from each other and even farther from the one in Washington County.

“This is two different water supplies in two different counties,” said Moyar.

Calls to the VA’s media contacts weren’t returned immediately, but Moyar said VA administrators should be ashamed.

“Veterans fought for this country, they have the right to have this and not have to worry about going to a hospital and getting sicker in the hospital than what they came there to get treated in the first place,” said Moyar. “Totally unacceptable.”