VA hospitals didn't quickly report Legionnaires


PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal report on an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that killed five people says two Pittsburgh VA hospitals didn't immediately report positive test results to doctors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report on Wednesday. The report says the VA lab didn't report some positive tests until more than two days later, in violation of hospital protocol.

Other critics of the VA system testified Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that faulty maintenance and poor management may have contributed to deaths in 2011 and 2012. The CDC report confirms that five people died.

Those allegations have politicians, union leaders and families of victims angry about the VA response to the Legionnaires outbreak.

VA spokeswoman Victoria Dillon says they don't have any new comment on the outbreak.

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