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ID:

727

Date:

2014-05-11

Headline:

VA official: Don’t tell until asked about Legionnaires’ outbreak among veterans

Reporter's name:

Mike Wereschagin and Adam Smeltz

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

City:

Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburgh Healthcare System restricted agency employees’ contact with local and federal health officials regarding a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that killed at least six veterans and sickened sixteen more in 2011-2012. Officials discouraged the press office from volunteering information about the deadly outbreak and timed at least one release to miss local media deadlines.

Notes:

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review received almost 7,000 pages of internal VA emails and documents in response to a FOIA request.

Keywords:

Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, Pittsburgh, Legionnaire's disease, outbreak, hospital, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Congress, Bob Casey

URL:

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6069373-74/cdc-outbreak-cowgill#axzz31cRALiQH


Agencies:

CDC
VA

States:

PA

Categories:

health care
public health
veteran


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