PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal authorities in Pittsburgh say no criminal charges will be filed in connection with an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed five patients at a Veterans Affairs hospital.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Thursday investigators found no evidence of obstruction or false statements by VA officials or employees. He says the nine-month probe included 30 interviews and analysis of more than 250,000 emails and other documents.
Legionnaires' disease is caused when water tainted with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. It can lead to pneumonia.
At least five patients died and 21 were sickened from water that wasn't properly treated at the facility in the city's Oakland section between February 2011 and November 2012.