Pa. Senator Casey's bill demands VA disclose outbreaks promptly

March 27, 2013
by Sean Hamill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Saying he is upset it has to be mandated, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Tuesday proposed legislation requiring that the nation's Veterans Affairs' facilities report every Legionnaires' case and whether Legionella has been found in their water systems within 24 hours of detection.

"To be blunt about this, we shouldn't have to legislate this," Mr. Casey, D-Pa., said during a news conference in the Allegheny County Courthouse. "This should be standard practice at the VA -- but it isn't."

The goal, he said, is that the various health agencies, and the central VA office itself, will have the information in real time to stem any outbreak.


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