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NBC: Illinois governor addresses Legionnaires' disease situation at vets' home

Posted Jul 27, 2016

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stopped by the Illinois Veterans’ Home Wednesday morning, a day after the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced two veterans had been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease.

The governor was there for a tour of the recently-completed water facility. The state completed the extensive $5 million renovation of the water system this year after 12 people died and 54 were sickened last summer as a result of the disease. Dozens of others were sickened. But health officials never found a source for the outbreak.

"We cannot let it happen again," Rauner said.

The governor addressed the two recent Legionnaire's cases in a press conference when he arrived for his tour. He says he was told about the cases Monday. The two people who were diagnosed have already been treated at a hospital and are back at the veterans' home. State health officials said the two people who contracted the disease were in separate buildings.

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