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Pittsburgh VA hospital system settles 2 more claims about vets who died of Legionnaire's

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PITTSBURGH — A federal judge has been asked to approve settlements totaling $160,000 for lawsuits involving two veterans who died after contracting Legionnaire's disease at a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1xUGLsN ) reports survivors of 65-year-old Navy veteran Lloyd Wanstreet, of Jeannette, and 58-year-old Marine veteran Brant Evans, of Freedom, are seeking the settlements.

Both died during an outbreak of the severe form of pneumonia — which is spread by bacteria commonly found in water supplies — that killed at least six Pittsburgh VA patients and sickened 22 others from February 2011 to November 2012. The outbreak affected the University Drive hospital in Pittsburgh, where Wanstreet and Evans died, and another VA hospital in O'Hara Township.

According to court documents, the VA has agreed to pay Wanstreet's sister $115,000 and Evans' widow $45,000.

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