The New York State Health Department requires that hospitals and nursing homes test cooling towers and drinking water systems for Legionella bacteria. As of this fall, results are to be reported to state health officials.
Legionella thrives pretty much everywhere – pipes, lakes, streams, groundwater.
It is generally contracted by inhaling water droplets from a contaminated source.
Most healthy people can resist the infection.
Antibiotics cure about 9 of 10 cases.
Cortland Regional Medical Center confirms its fall tests turned up Legionella. In a statement to WXHC CRMC says there are no confirmed cases of hospital-acquired Legionella.
Temporary water sources are in place where needed.
Last week, more permanent ionization units were installed for both the hospital and residential care facility.
CRMC says it will follow the state’s retesting guidelines closely.