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Legionnaires’ Outbreak Reported in New York Nursing Home

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a New York nursing home has claimed the life of one woman, according to ABC News.

Health officials have confirmed at least 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease at the Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Yale Study Finds Legionella Bacteria Increased Near Watersheds, Drainage Basins

January 25, 2018 – The number of new cases of Legionnaires’ disease has increased in recent years, and a new Yale University study indicates that people living near watersheds have the highest risk of developing the illness. Natural reservoirs were also found to have a greater affect on the development of sporadic legionellosis, a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria, than previously estimated.

What’s the problem?

November 3, 2017 – The source of contamination at the nursing home is still unclear, but authorities have ruled out the cooling towers as the site, according to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

The New York State Department of Health is investigating the cause of the outbreak, which was first identified this summer when a water sample tested positive for Legionella bacteria. Subsequent tests have come back negative, according to ABC News.

Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by a bacterium known as legionella. The condition develops 2 to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria, and typically begins with the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever

Secondary symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Confusion or other mental changes

Although legionnaires’ primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart.

In the wake of the outbreak, Sky View has hired a remediation company to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Do I Have a Legionnaires Disease Lawsuit?

The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Legionnaires’ lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new pneumonia cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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