Vosges: two patients die of legionellosis contracted in hospital

Vosges: two patients die of legionellosis contracted in hospital


Two patients at the Val du Madon hospital in Mattaincourt (Vosges) died at the end of March of Legionnaires’ disease contracted in the establishment, the Grand Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the hospital indicated on Wednesday. This is a “patient of the SSR (follow-up care and rehabilitation service) and a resident of the nursing home”, who died “respectively on March 20 and 21”, they specify in a statementbut without giving their age and sex.

“As soon as the cases were identified, the establishment implemented precautionary measures to ensure the safety of patients” of the two entities, in particular “the installation of anti-legionella filters in the showers”, they assure. “No other patients or residents have contracted the disease,” according to them.

Legionella manifests itself by a lung infection caused by water bacteria, legionella (Legionella pneumophila). It is contracted “by respiratory route by inhalation of contaminated water distributed in the form of micro-droplets or aerosols, during showers for example,” explain the ARS and the hospital.

Reinforced water quality controls

The ARS therefore “initiated an environmental medical investigation in order to determine the origin of the contamination and to analyze the control of the domestic hot water production and distribution installations in the main building of the establishment with regard to against the risk of proliferation of legionella,” according to the press release.

“In addition to the precautionary measures immediately implemented to manage the situation, the frequency of checks has been increased in order to monitor the quality of domestic hot water as closely as possible,” indicate the ARS and the hospital. They insist on the fact that “water quality had always been subject to regular regulatory controls”.

“A complete audit of the water network by a qualified design office is underway in order to diagnose its vulnerability and the preventive measures to be taken in the long term,” it was added, specifying that “the ARS s ‘associates with the management of the hospital to present its sincere condolences to the bereaved families’.


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