Spokane hospital fighting Legionnaires Disease

SPOKANE, Wash. —

Patients at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane are being given bottled water to drink while the hospital cleans its water system to remove the bacteria that causes Legionnaires Disease.

Three patients have come down with the disease since January and one has died, although the hospital says the bacteria likely weren’t the cause of the death.

Sacred Heart called in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing confirmed Wednesday that Legionella is in the water supply.

The hospital has been cleaning its water tanks and is adding extra chlorine.

Information from: KXLY-TV, http://www.kxly.com