- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has asked for a review of how federal health officials conducted their investigation into a 2012 Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

The Democrat’s request for a federal inquiry comes on the heels of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2gUsOr1 ) series that found that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s probe of the outbreak could be compromised.

The newspaper released emails from CDC officials that showed a personal bias against two Legionnaires’ researchers who worked at Pittsburgh’s VA hospital and the disinfection system that was used to control Legionella in the facility’s water.

Twenty-two veterans fell ill as a result of the outbreak. Six died.

Casey currently sits on the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee - which oversees the CDC.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com


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