Lawmakers Push Reviews of VA Outbreak

By Smeltz, Adam | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 14, 2012 | Go to article overview

Lawmakers Push Reviews of VA Outbreak


Smeltz, Adam, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Two lawmakers intensified scrutiny of the VA on Friday, calling for more reviews of the fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, urged VA Inspector General George J. Opfer to start an independent investigation and called on department officials to be more transparent and responsive.

Rep. Mike Doyle said he wants the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to convene a hearing and look at "where systemic failures occurred."

"It's not that the VA has been uncooperative. It's just that new questions keep coming up every day," said Doyle, D-Forest Hills. "We're trying to get to the bottom of the scope of this. Is it five people? Is it 16 people?"

Tests found five people contracted Legionnaires' in the outbreak, tentatively linked to tainted tap water at the VA University Drive Campus in Oakland, according to the VA. One patient at the VA died, the Allegheny County Health Department reported.

More families think their loved ones may have died of Legionnaires' contracted at the Oakland hospital, Casey aides said. They heard from relatives of three people who died there in 2011 and 2012. Those families believe the outbreak may be to blame.

"We need to know what happened, why it happened" and how the VA will prevent it from happening again, Casey said.

The Oakland hospital had 29 total Legionnaires' cases between January 2011 and November 2012, though only five are known to have originated within the facility, according to the VA. It documented those cases between November 2011 and November 2012, spokesman David Cowgill has said.

At least eight of the 29 cases began in other locations, the VA reported. Origins of the others are unclear.

Casey said his worries center on the VA response to the outbreak, on hospital conditions and on public communications. The senator said he had yet to receive answers from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki on a dozen questions he submitted last week.

Casey said the VA's "lack of response, lack of access to information makes people like me skeptical."

An Illinois manufacturer said it warned the Pittsburgh VA as early as December 2011 about problems with key water treatment systems in Oakland.

VA officials asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to assist with a Pittsburgh Legionnaires' outbreak in late October, though they did not inform the public until Nov. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • A full archive of books and articles related to this one
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Lawmakers Push Reviews of VA Outbreak
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.