Legionnaires' Disease


22 Sickened By Legionnaires' Outbreak In Washington Heights

July 21, 2018 - 1:25 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City health officials confirmed 22 people have been affected by the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Washington Heights.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that at least seven people had to be hospitalized for the disease, which is contracted by breathing in water vapor that contains the Legionella bacteria.

Last week, it was reported that one person had died due to the outbreak.

Officials said the deceased was a person older than 50 with underlying medical conditions.

The last Legionnaires’ outbreak in the city was in 2015 in the Bronx. Over 130 people were sickened and there were 10 reported fatalities.

Inspectors believed the bacteria was inhabiting cooling towers in the area and say all suspected towers have now been cleaned.

They are still awaiting final test results but it’s believed the cluster has been contained. eal