An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in a borough of the Bronx, the city’s health officials said on Friday.
Four people in the Highbridge area have been diagnosed with the disease, which is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that form in warm water, according to the city’s Department of Health. Other people are waiting for test results.
Legionnaires are non-contagious and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, officials said.
The health department said it was examining and “sampling and testing water from all cooling tower systems in the area of the cluster.”
The Legionella bacteria typically grow in “cooling towers, hot tubs, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks and evaporative condensers of large air conditioning units,” according to the department.
Those with flu-like symptoms such as a cough, fever and difficulty breathing are encouraged to get tested by their doctor. Those over 50, cigarette smokers, chronic lung disease, and those with compromised immune systems are considered at higher risk for Legionnaires.
“Any New Yorker with flu-like symptoms should contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan in a statement.
“Legionnaires’ disease can be effectively managed if diagnosed early, but New Yorkers at higher risk, such as adults age 50 and older, smokers or those with chronic lung disease, should be extra vigilant about their symptoms and seek treatment as soon as symptoms begin . ”
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