Cluster Found in Bronx – NBC New York

The New York City Health Department announced Friday that it was investigating a Legionnaires’ disease community cluster in part of the Bronx.

At least four people have been diagnosed with the disease since May 9 and more results are still pending. The group was found in the Highbridge section of the Bronx (zip codes 10452 and 10456) as well as surrounding communities.

No deaths have been associated with the group, the health department said. The health department is taking water samples from all cooling tower systems in the area as part of the investigation.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which the health department says grows in warm water. Infections occur as a result of breathing water vapor that contains these bacteria.

Symptoms are described as flu-like, and include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Any city resident experiencing those symptoms should contact a doctor immediately, the health department said.

“Legionnaire’s disease can be treated effectively if diagnosed early, but New Yorkers at higher risk, such as adults age 50 and older, those who smoke, or have chronic lung conditions should be especially aware of their symptoms and seek care as soon as symptoms start. said Dr. Ashwin Vasan, New York City Health Commissioner.

Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious, the health department said, and can be treated with antibiotics if caught early.

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