Ben Taub Hospital was partially closed after Legionella bacteria were found in the water, according to Harris Health System

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 6:51 p.m.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Ben Taub shut down an area of ​​the hospital after bacteria was found in the water system, according to the Harris Health System.

Authorities said they immediately shut down areas where Legionella bacteria were found, and now officials are waiting for test results to come back to see if they can reopen.

Hospital officials told ABC13 no one was affected by the bacteria. It was found during a recent quarterly water test, according to a statement from the Harris Health System.

The statement goes on to say that the levels tested at the Neuropsychiatric Center were slightly above industry standards.

Legionella bacteria are naturally present in water systems and can easily grow in standing water. It is the cause of Legionnaires’ disease, according to the CDC. People can get sick when they breathe in small water droplets or accidentally swallow water containing Legionella into their lungs.

We will provide updates on test results and when the hospital can reopen.

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