Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
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Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria.

The Department of Health found six of the 13 water tanks at the Saint Nicholas Houses tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling contaminated water vapor, but it is not contagious between people. There are now a total of 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaire's disease associated with Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street in Hampton.

Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers".

Fraser Health doesn't say how many people are affected, but says it is looking into the source of a cluster of cases in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood.


The disease can cause symptoms similar to pneumonia.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person.

"Most people don't get sick from Legionella, but people who have chronic health conditions or who are elderly or smokers or immune-compromised, they may eventually get a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' Disease", he said. Symptoms will usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria.

Anyone who's at a higher risk and develops pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor.

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