7 patients at new Ohio hospital diagnosed with Legionnaires’

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GROVE CITY, Ohio — Ohio’s health authority has ordered a newly opened hospital where seven patients have been diagnosed with potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease to immediately flush and disinfect its water lines and take other steps to protect the public’s health.

Department of Health Director Amy Acton in a statement said the cluster of cases at Mount Carmel Grove City outside Columbus was identified Friday. The first patient diagnosed with Legionnaires’, a severe form of pneumonia, was admitted April 29, a day after the hospital opened.

A Mount Carmel spokeswoman says hospital officials are confident that full services can be maintained “while we study this situation.”

The Mount Carmel system has been under scrutiny after discovering that a doctor had prescribed excessive doses of painkillers to 29 patients who died at its other hospitals.

More on Legionnaires’ disease here.

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