Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Disease that killed man not from city VA hospital

Tests on a man who was a patient at the Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital in Oakland and who died in late January after contracting Legionnaires' disease show that he did not contract the illness in the hospital.

The Pittsburgh VA said in a news release Thursday that Legionella bacteria obtained from the man's lung tissue was compared by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a sample of the bacteria from inside the hospital and found not to be the same.

The CDC told the Pittsburgh VA that the Legionella bacteria the man contracted is a "virulent strain" associated with outbreaks in both the United States and Canada, and it recommended remediation of the man's home, according to the news release.

The federal health care agency has dealt for four months with the fallout of a Legionnaires' outbreak that it revealed in November had infected 21 patients in 2011 and 2012 and killed five.

The Pittsburgh VA emphasized that it is still sampling its water supply every two weeks and that such sampling "continues to demonstrate remediation efforts taken in November, and ongoing, have been successful."

Legionnaires is a water-borne disease that is typically contracted when a person inhales infected water vapor into the lungs.

Point Park discounts tuition for master's in education

Point Park University says it will offer a tuition discount this fall to current and incoming students pursuing master's degrees and certificates through the school's education department.

The move comes at a time when changes in state policy have lessened resources and incentives for teachers to pursue graduate degrees and certifications, Point Park spokeswoman Terra McBride said.

The university said the discounted tuition cost per credit will be $520, which means tuition for a three-credit class will be $1,560. The discount for the master's degree programs is about 34 percent, the school said in announcing the reduction.

"Overall, enrollments in our graduate education programs are flat, and we would like to grow programs with teachers, or those who are seeking to become teachers, who would benefit from these educational opportunities," Ms. …

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