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Health Department is investigating two cases of Legionnaire's disease in the Bronx



The Department of Health is currently investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a residential building in the Bronx, officials said PIX11 News on Saturday.

Officials said tenants can still use and drink water "but renters at higher risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease is recommended to take extra precautions."

The Ministry of Health aims to provide internal water supply in the affected building Investigate, but the authorities say that this is not considered as eruption or cooling towers at this time.

"Both patients are at risk for Legion Nairie disease and were discharged from the hospital." The Department of Health will examine the building's aqueducts to [ella][1

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Patients can get Legionnaire's disease, a severe form of pneumonia, by inhaling small, airborne water droplets that contain the bacteria that can grow in the water system of a building.

Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be attributed to sanitation systems, where favorable conditions exist for legionella growth such as cooling towers. Whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air conditioners.

Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered to be outbreaks or as a result of cooling towers" [19659002LegionaldiseaseistreatablewithantibioticpneumoniaLautHealthauthoritiesgiveeveryyearbetween200and500casesofLegionaldiseaseinthecity

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually occur two to ten days after significant exposure to Legionella

Legionnaire's disease can be fatal but is treatable with antibiotics. Most people get better with early treatment, although they may need to be treated in the hospital. Others have died from complications of the disease

Legionnaire's disease can not be transmitted from person to person. The highest risk groups for Legionnaire's disease are people of middle age or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems, and people on medications that weaken their immune system (immunosuppressants). Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about the legionnaires' disease test.


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