2 water fixtures test positive for Legionella at VA Pittsburgh H.J. Heinz III campus

Water fixtures test positive for Legionella at VA Pittsburgh H.J. Heinz III campus

PITTSBURGH — After three water fixtures were reported to have tested positive on Friday for Legionella bacteria at the Oakland campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, two fixtures tested positive for the bacteria at the H.J. Heinz III campus in O’Hara Township.

According to a release form the VA, investigators found the bacteria on two sinks located in different staff areas.

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The VA does not believe any patients were around the contaminated areas.

The agency said the positive test results are likely due to the increased and aggressive testing for Legionella, and the water is safe.

While the Allegheny County Health Department has launched an investigation at the Oakland campus, health officials will not conduct one at the O’Hara Township campus because no patients were involved.

A Legionella outbreak in 2011 and 2012 caused at least 22 people to get sick, and six of those people to die as a result of the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.