One person is dead and six others have been hospitalized due to their illness with Legionnaires’ disease over the past 11 days in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The woman who passed was in her 90s and reportedly had underlying health issues, says the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The source of the outbreak is not yet known, but cooling systems within a half mile radius of those who have fallen ill are being tested as possible sources. The results from the 116 cooling systems under investigation may take up to two weeks.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria that is aerosolized and released into the air. People become infected with Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in the air contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Common sources of exposure include hot tubs, showers, and cooling towers atop large buildings. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and diarrhea.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.