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Source of New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Identified

A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people and killed 1.

August 15, 2018 – New York City health department officials believe the Legionnaires outbreak started in a cooling tower at the Sugar Hill Project on Saint Nicholas Avenue, according to CBS New York.

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

What’s the Problem?

Officials said Legionella bacteria from the cooling tower matched strains from patients. In total, at least 27 people were sickened in Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights, including one person who died. The cooling tower has since been disinfected, health officials said.

New Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed in Manhattan: CBS New York Video

What Causes Legionnaires’ Disease?

Legionnaires is a severe form of pneumonia — lung inflammation resulting from an infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a bacterium known as Legionella pneumophila.

Signs and Symptoms

The primary symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher

Subsequent symptoms which may arise a short time later (usually 2 to 3 days after the primary symptoms) include:

  • Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Confusion or other mental changes

Do I Have a Legionnaires’ Disease Lawsuit?

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

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with 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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