UAB says water tests show some levels of legionella present

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB says preliminary results of water tests taken last week show some levels of the legionella bacteria.

The hospital released a statement to WIAT 42 news Monday afternoon stating some levels of legionella are expected to remain in the system even after treatment.

However, health agencies did not recommend any additional water restrictions.

“UAB Hospital successfully conducted a planned chemical shock to the water systems of the Women and Infants Center this weekend, which followed previous steps of flushing and heat shocking that took place May 7-9,” said Jim Bakken. “We will continue to work with public health authorities to test the water supply frequently and take appropriate steps to safeguard the health of our patients.”

Bakken says a patient recently admitted to the hospital tested positive for the bacteria, but it was determined that the patient acquired the bacteria from an “unknown source prior to admission to UAB.”

The hospital will continue to take steps, like filters that remove the bacteria, to make water usage safer on the affected floors.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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