Legionella Found In West Texas VA Water Supply 1/31/14
January 31st, 2013
Big Spring, Tx
The West Texas VA says they have an elevated level of Legionella in their water supply. The bacteria grows in hot water and can cause fever, headaches, muscle aches and other sysmptoms. In a press release, the VA says they are working on flushing their system with chlorine.
A picture of an email sent to CBS 7 allegedly from director Michael Keifer says the problem dates back to at lease the fall of 2013. Recently, additional testing by the West Texas VA showed Legionella was yet again in the water. VA officials say there are no confirmed cases of the disease.
CBS 7 spoke to State Health Services officials but they couldn't confirm or deny there were any cases reported to them.
CBS 7 also spoke to a veteran who uses the hospital. He said he's concerned about the bacteria and is going to a doctor to make sure he didn't contract the illness.
The station contacted the VA several times for an interview. Those requests were denied.