Earlier this month, a woman in her 90s living in the Upper East Side died after becoming ill with Legionnaires’ disease. Six others in the same area were diagnosed with the disease around the same time, and the only commonality between these individuals is the area in which they live. The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified.
Health officials have been looking toward local cooling towers on buildings as the potential source of the outbreak, testing a total of 116 cooling towers in the Lenox Hill area. It is possible one of these local cooling towers contaminated with Legionella bacteria is responsible for dispersing aerosolized Legionella bacteria into the air for the public and passersby to inhale below. A warning was issued to the public, asking they keep an eye out for flu-like symptoms and get tested for Legionniares’ disease if they begin to show any of these symptoms.
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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 update