MADISON, WIS. – The University Hospital of Wisconsin said on Wednesday afternoon that measures are being taken to suspect the risk of patients associated with the hospital's hot water system.
UW Hospital hospitalized three patients previously and a single legionnaire patient developed a disease, also called legionellosis, a type of pneumonia.
On Wednesday afternoon, in the hospital, he will establish a "hyperchlorination" process to clean all the hot water of the building, to remove Legionella bacteria. The hospital also reports on affected patients and workers.
According to the release, Legionnaires' bacteria are usually caused by a low concentration of water tap water. UW Hospital said the water treatment system is used to design low levels, but "the latest system adjustment can ruin its function," hospital officials said.
In some units at the hospital, tests have recently shown the highest levels, said the release.
The four patients who had developed legionary symptoms were tested, and four were positive in an urine test, according to the release. These four tests were carried out in the last 10 days. In the hospital, tests are being carried out to determine how bacteria are associated with the water system in hospitals.
The risk occurs only from hot water, such as cold water, as hospital officials say. Cold water is not in danger. Healthy patients can inhale too much water with bacteria. Patients with a greater risk of being over 50 years of age and those with lung disease or a compromised immune system.
When four ill-informed legionaries were in the hospital, the officials used all the hospital showers. The break will wait until Thursday morning.
The hospital monitors water regularly and when a patient suspects legionaries. Up to now, they have been in the Hospital of the University Hospital for 23 years.
The American Family Children's Hospital is not damaged. Two out of four patients have been hospitalized; Two other hospitals remain.
On Wednesday afternoon, extra legionnaire cases were not identified, the hospital said.
The UW Hospital said the Wisconsin State Public Health Division will also be reported and will keep it apprised as additional information comes along.
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