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    Legionella-Infested Medical Barracks Still Closed Almost 5 Months After First Positive Test

    Legionella-Infested Medical Barracks Still Closed Almost 5 Months After First Positive Test

    A medical barracks at Base Antonio, Texas, is still closed, forcing 150 patients and staff to be relocated across the installation, after a bacteria that can cause pneumonia was detected in the plumbing nearly five months ago.

    In total, 100 residents and 50 employees at Liberty Barracks, where patients at the nearby medical center , have not been allowed back in the building since the discovery of the Legionella bacteria was publicly announced on Sept. 30.

    “Residents and staff from Liberty Barracks continue to live and work from other barracks and facilities on [Joint Base San Antonio],” said Robert Strain, a spokesman for the base. “Civil engineering crews have been replacing sink fixtures throughout the building and flushing the water system three times per week.”

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    That would mean that the water system has been flushed more than 50 times since the Legionella was found.

    After base officials announced, nearly five months ago, that the bacteria had been identified during routine water testing, all of the patients were relocated including those from the base's Behavioral Health Clinic.

    Some of the former residents may also be especially susceptible to catching Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia caused by coming into contact with Legionella bacteria, since they are…

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