Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Hits New York

Health officials say they are trying to track down the source of 10 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease within a one-mile radius in a Long Island, N.Y., neighbourhood.

The patients range in age from 35 to 96. As of Saturday, one had died, two remained hospitalised and seven had been released from the hospital, CBS News reported.

Legionnaires is a rare form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, sometimes found in fountains, spray parks, hot tubs, showers and faucets. People can contract the disease by breathing in a mist or vapour containing the bacteria. The disease is not spread from person to person, the Nassau County Department of Health said.

Contact tracing is being conducted, as well as swabbing and on-site sampling in an effort to identify the cause of the outbreak.

No cases have been linked to school buildings and the neighbourhoods drinking water is safe, according to Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, CBS News reported.

“We have a whole team of inspectors now walking the neighbourhood immediately around the houses,” Eisenstein said.

New York has seen an increase in Legionella bacteria statewide due to warm weather, according to CBS News.

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