According to news media, there are two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Kingston, New York. The Governor Clinton Apartments, a residence for senior citizens, is the suspected source of the outbreak. The Ulster County Department of Health is investigating the outbreak, and has been working with the apartment complex to ensure that proper steps are being taken to avoid further sickness. The Department of Health also warned people with symptoms to be aware of the outbreak and to consult their physicians.
Over the years, there have been a number of outbreaks affecting retirement communities and nursing homes. Unfortunately, residents of these communities are often more vulnerable to Legionella than the general population, which makes a situation like this even more dangerous. Another outbreak emphasizes the need for building owners to maintain their water systems and take proactive steps to avoid outbreaks such as this one. Investigations will continue to help determine what exactly caused this outbreak, and whether it could have been prevented.
Jules Zacher, Esq. has tried numerous Legionnaires’ disease cases around the country. He is currently involved in litigation against a nursing home in Cleveland, Ohio.