U.S. Attorney to probe Pittsburgh Legionnaire’s outbreak

Legionnaire’s disease

U.S. Attorney David Hickton recently announced that he plans to conduct his own investigation into an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at a Pittsburgh veteran’s hospital.

The Veterans Administration recently acknowledged that it flushed its water systems for bacteria as part of what it says is a pre-planned mitigation effort conducted every few months. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said that all sides need to be more transparent as the inspector general’s investigation continues, according to CBSLocal.com.

“People in this region need to know what happened, and especially the families need to know,” Casey said, CBSLocal.com reports. The senator said that he wants the VA to make the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recent report about the outbreak public.

It will be up to Hickton to decide whether any criminal acts were committed. At this stage, he is not suggesting that the VA is involved in a crime, but the announcement that he will conduct his own independent review may have repercussions for all parties.

“An active investigation is underway by the inspector general. We have been in communications with the inspector general to share our interest and to offer resources,” Hickton said, CBSLocal.com reports. “After the report of the inspector general has been completed, we will conduct our own independent review and take appropriate action as necessary.”

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