Source of Ft. Sam Houston Legionella Outbreak Identified

After three employees tested positive for the b acteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease at Ft. Sam Houston over the course of the past six months, investigators have finally determined the cause of the outbreak, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

It was a hot water heater in Building 15, adjacent to the main Brooke Army Medical Center, which was the source of the bacteria.

Two employees of Building 15 were tested positive for Legionella Bacteria in August, and another employee of the same building tested positive earlier this month.  None of the three came down with Legionnaire's Disease, which can be fatal.

"We have been conducting extensive testing in and around Building 15 to determine the source of the Legionella bacteria," Col. Traci Crawford, BAMC's deputy commanding officer said.

 "Ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff is paramount."

The building was evacuated after the employee tested positive for the bacteria on Feb. 6 and remains vacant and secured.

"We are fully cooperating with local and regional public health officials to ensure there is no further risk for exposure moving forward," Col. Crawford said.

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