Routine testing of Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital’s water system last month yielded positive results for Legionella bacteria in several parts of the hospital. Consequently, one patient at the facility developed Legionnaires’ disease. An employee stated on Wednesday night that the water containing the Legionella bacteria was within the hospital’s plumbing system.
The hospital states they are taking action to eliminate the issue. Special filters have been implemented on sinks, shower heads, and ice machines throughout the facility. Water use has also been restricted.
Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread from person to person, and can only develop as a result of direct exposure to an aerosolized form of Legionella bacteria.
Officials are adamant that this is not an outbreak of the disease, and are stating that the hospital is safe for patients and visitors alike. The New York State Department of Health is involved in the investigation and is working to ensure that the hospital does not present a risk for Legionnaires’ disease.
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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 for updates to this post or for more information on Legionnaires’ disease.