GUILDERLAND, NY (WRGB) – The Department of Health in Albany County says two people in the Promenade Senior Living community have tested positive for Legionella and one of these people has died
They say, however, that the exact cause of death has not been confirmed.
According to the authorities, preliminary water samples from the facility were discovered, revealing the bacteria.
The NYS DOH is responsible for supervising residential care facilities A spokesperson says they monitor the situation and work with management to ensure the safety of residents living there.
Officials say that water restrictions have been introduced, including new shower filters and bottled drinking water.
This is not the first time legionella have been discovered in this place.
The state confirmed from 2010 to 2012, when the building was a Best Western, Legionella were found at 19 people exposure to the hotel.
Legionella are transmitted by inhaling small water droplets containing the bacteria.
They are not transmitted from person to person, but they can be particularly serious for the elderly.
Schenectady city Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo says her 87-year-old father had the disease last summer.
"He had this cold that he simply could not overcome, and then he got a fever, and he refused. I've come to a point where we had to call an ambulance because it collapsed," she said.
Perazzo says he has been in the hospital for 6 days and then in recovery for 6 weeks.
"He could not support his own weight and it was very intense and I wish the people who are now struggling with this state of health happy because this is a challenge," Perazzo said.
According to officials, final results from water samples should be available within one week.
The Times Union originally reported legionnaire's disease in Albany.