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Officials: Legionnaires’ Disease Bacteria Found In Bronx Hospital

July 29, 2018 - 2:15 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Traces of Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, were found in the water supply of Jacobi Medical Center.

Low levels of the bacteria were found in the water of the city operated hospital during a routine test.

The hospital said only bottled water is being used, and packaged bathing wipes are available for daily hygiene.

New water filters are being installed on showers in an effort to prevent the disease from infecting patients.

No one has been sickened by the bacteria at the hospital.

Earlier this month, a Legionnaires’ outbreak in Washington Heights sickened nearly two dozen people.

Officials confirmed there was one fatality.

Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious and can only be contracted by breathing in water vapor containing the Legionella bacteria.