The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report addressing the Legionnaires’ disease cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ). CDC generated the report after a visit in December 2017 by environmental health and infectious disease specialists to IVHQ. IDPH requested on-site technical assistance from the CDC after confirming Legionnaires’ disease cases and this report addresses the complexities and persistence of Legionella and how the State of Illinois has taken appropriate action.
The full report can be viewed here. In the report, the CDC highlighted disease surveillance and the veterans home's water management program as areas that need improvement. Ideas including testing any residents who develop pneumonia for Legionnaires' as well as establishing control limits for hot water temperature range at fixures. The report indicates that the State of Illinois has taken the appropriate action to date.
Cases of Legionnaires’ disease have risen throughout the U.S. in recent years. In 2017 there were 300 reported cases in Illinois, involving both public and private facilities.