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Legionella Causes Showers to Shut Off at Brooklyn Hospital


By Cathryn Jakicic Plumbing & Restrooms
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Patients at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Methodist Hospital still were using water bottles and body wipes in March after Legionella bacteria was found in the hospital's water in December, according to the Park Slope Patch. The bacteria was found in inpatient units during routine water safety testing.

A hospital spokesperson says the facility has "taken steps to disinfect" the water but did not respond to more specific questions about hygiene concerns, or when the issue will be resolved.

State health officials said they are still investigating two cases of legionellosis that might be linked to the hospital — one from November and another from December. The water restrictions are lifted once testing is completed after "remediation of the water system," according to the New York State Department of Health.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, visit Healthcare Facilities Today.

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