Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs). "The Sands Resort will immediately notify current and future guests of the Legionella outbreak and take steps to remediate the premise plumbing system in order to mitigate the risk to the public's health".

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning.

One of those 12 Hampton victims, an elderly adult, died due to complications related to the disease.

Tenants say they are frustrated with the city's Department of Health for not telling them sooner about two cases of Legionnaires' disease in their building.

"Hot tubs are a known source for this bacteria because they contain warm water which allows the bacteria to grow and amplify because there are jets which can disperse the water and aerosolize it", said Chan.

The bacteria is commonly found in freshwater, groundwater and soil.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016. The majority of cases stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, between Island Path and M Street, but may have had other exposures in the area. Most people who come in contact with the bacteria will not get sick, although severe illness can occur, sometimes resulting in death, as already seen.

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

But Bharmal is urging people with those risk factor who've been in the Guildford area of Surrey in the past 10 days with symptoms of pneumonia (fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath) to seek medical attention and possibly testing for Legionella.



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