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Hospital's water supply may put patients at risk for a form of pneumonia

Posted at 8:33 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 21:33:04-05

An outbreak of Legionnaires Disease has been linked to a Wisconsin hospital. 

Our sister station in Madison, WISC-TV reports at least four people at UW Hospital in Madison contracted the form of pneumonia, possibly from bacteria in the hospital’s water. 

Two of the patients have already been discharged. The others are still being treated. 

“Obviously I don't think there's ever a situation where it posed no additional risk to the patient. It's an infection that they shouldn't have had and it had its impact,” said Dr. Nasia Safdari, the medical director of infectious diseases. 

The hospital is flushing its hot water lines. In the meantime, patients aren’t allowed to use the showers.