Legionnaires Disease – NYC

By now most New Yorkers have heard about the recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease that has claimed the lives of 10 people and has been infected 100 people.

Should You be Concerned?

Legionnaires disease is not spread from person to person contact. In this recent outbreak it has spread because the cooling towers of some buildings in the South Bronx have been contaminated with the bacteria.

In response, The City of New York has issued an order stating that all bulding owners with cooling towers must disinfect their equipment within 2 weeks.

Who is at risk?

Groups at high risk 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). Source NYC.gov

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, muscle aches and cough. Some people may also have headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion or diarrhea.

If you are concerned that you might have symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

For more information about this recent outbreak of Legionnaires disease, feel free to visit NYC’s Website