SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) yesterday epidemiologically linked two cases of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago. On December 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified IDPH of one case in an out-of-state patient who received treatment at NMH in November. IDPH linked that case with a separate patient who was at NMH in May.
IDPH is working with NMH, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the CDC on the following actions:
- Providing guidance on what patients to test and when
- Reviewing all pneumonia cases that occurred on the floors where the two patients stayed
- Discuss flushing protocols on the floors where the two patients stayed
- Discuss expanding use of filters for shower heads and sink on the floors where the two patients stayed...