The 23rd Precinct at 162 E. 102nd Street in East Harlem is the common workplace to two police officers that have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
The first officer fell ill with Legionnaires’ disease and was hospitalized, prompting testing of the precinct’s water. Those results were finalized earlier this month, and revealed traces of Legionella bacteria, the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaires’ disease. The Health Department is reportedly investigating the second case of Legionnaires’ disease, but has not yet determined if the precinct’s water is responsible for this officer’s illness.
Inspectors are looking towards the pipes at the station house as a possible source of exposure to the bacteria, and precautions regarding water use have been put in place. A sign is currently displayed stating “Do not use or drink the water in the pct,” and they are discouraging the use of showers on the property.
The first officer who was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease has not yet returned to work. More information is available here.
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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.