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Ulster County health officials have indicated that the water system in the Golden Hill Health Care Center in Kingston, New York, was the source of the legionella bacteria that killed one resident and made another seriously ill from Legionnaires’ disease. Officials will send hot water through the system in the hopes of killing the bacteria. The system will then be tested later to see if the bacteria has been killed. Hot water systems in many facilities are often the source of the legionella bacteria because the water temperature is conducive to the bacteria’s propagation. Taking a shower or using the faucet aerosolizes the water so that the bacteria can then enter the lungs of the person, thereby acquiring Legionnaire’s disease.

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