Residents of an assisted living facility on Staten Island have been informed of a single case of Legionnaires’ disease on the premises. The unidentified patient is a resident of The Brielle at Seaview, a non-profit assisted living community, and has been discharged from care. No further information about the patient has been released.
The notification is part of a city-wide plan implemented after last year’s Bronx outbreaks. Part of the newly instituted plan involves notifying facilities with high-risk populations when one or more cases are reported. The Brielle, with its aging population, falls into this category, though health officials noted that the case is only one of the 200-400 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in the city every year.
Health officials are now testing the water at the facility, and property managers are installing new showerheads that will filter out Legionella bacteria. There is no cooling tower at the facility, but residents have been advised to take baths instead of showers and to avoid creating mist while using the water. No other residents have been diagnosed.
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is meeting with property managers and will continue to provide the public with more information.
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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.