A new study has found that veterans in the Pittsburgh region are still wary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This comes after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease sickened at least 22 patients at VA campuses in O'Hara and Oakland, where waterborne Legionella bacteria contaminated the plumbing. Internal investigations found workers failed to follow protocols designed to contain the infection risk. The research, sponsored by Heinz Endowments, indicates the outbreak and veterans' historical wariness about the Pittsburgh VA have diminished trust in the system. The full report is available on the CNAS.org website.
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