WINNIPEG – Low levels of Legionella bacteria have been found at Victoria General Hospital.
It can infect people with Legionnaire’s disease, which can become deadly.
The water supply in the oncology ward tested positive for the bacteria. The bacteria showed up in regularly scheduled water quality testing.
Catherine Robbins, chief operating officer at the Victoria General Hospital explains what they’ve done to clean the water.
“We’ve taken all the appropriate steps within our water system including super-chlorination,” says Robbins. “We’ve flushed our water system and removed the taps on our sinks.”
Robbins says the risk of infection is very low.
Follow up testing will be done in two weeks to make sure that the bacteria has been eradicated.
The hospital is sending letters to patients who may have been at the oncology ward dating back to late August.