An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in upstate New York continues to grow. A fifth case has now been confirmed in Plattsburgh, NY.
All of the patients live in the same apartment complex on the west side of the city, and officials have notified other residents of the complex about the outbreak. The first four cases were identified in October. The patients have been treated at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital; the first four patients have been discharged, and the final patient remains at the hospital in stable condition.
The Clinton County Health Department has been collecting water samples from the apartment building in an effort to locate the source of the Legionella bacteria. So far, focus has been on the showers and faucets in the apartment complex, but officials plan to expand their investigation if no bacteria is found during this round of testing.
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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.