Patients moved after Legionella detected in UPMC Presbyterian hospital

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Eleven UPMC Presbyterian patients were moved to another unit at the hospital Tuesday after Legionella bacteria was found in several patient sinks.

No cases of Legionnaires' disease, which is caused by the bacteria, have been reported, but those patients in the 10th-floor pulmonary medicine unit were relocated "out of an abundance of caution," UPMC spokeswoman Wendy Zellner said.

Hospital officials notified Allegheny County and state health departments of the findings.

The hospital's infection control staff discovered the bacteria in a remodeled area of the Oakland facility.

"We are following our normal Legionella monitoring and prevention protocols and expect the unit to reopen soon after proper remediation measures are taken," Ms. Zellner said in a prepared statement.

First Published July 16, 2014 12:00 AM

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