At least one person is dead and another 6 have fallen seriously ill in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York.
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What’s the Problem?
June 20, 2017 – The patients with Legionnaires’ all became sick within the past 2 weeks in Lenox Hill, an affluent neighborhood in Manhattan, according to The New York Times.
As of Friday, 4 of the patients remained hospitalized, and 2 had recovered and been released. The deceased was over 90, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and had from other health problems.
DOHMH is investigating air-conditioning equipment in Lenox Hill, looking for signs of Legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease.
“We know that this is an organism that exists in our environment, and we don’t expect to be able to eradicate it,” said health commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “From a public health point of view, we want to be able to get a handle on clusters that may have a common source, but we hardly ever are able to identify them.”
The health department has inspected all cooling systems within about a half mile of the affected area, 116 in total, Bassett said. However, results of the investigation may take up to 2 weeks while the bacteria is cultured in a lab.
About 6,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in the U.S. in 2015, according to the CDC. However, this number is likely much smaller than the true number of incidences, as Legionnaires’ tends to be under-diagnosed. CDC reports that about one out of every 10 people who contracts the disease will die from resulting complications.
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