Legionellosis – United States
4 people from the Highbridge neighbourhood, situated in Bronx, New York City, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
The health department said it is investigating and ‘sampling and testing water from all cooling tower systems in the area of the cluster’.
It has been advised that those experiencing flu-like symptoms such as coughing, fever and difficulty breathing should get tested by their doctor as soon as possible to allow for effective treatment. Those over the age of 50, cigarette smokers, chronic lung disease and those with compromised immune systems are considered higher risk to Legionnaires therefore, if they present with symptoms they should seek medical attention immediately.
Photo: Electron micrograph of L. pneumophila, responsible for over 90% of Legionnaire disease cases.
Legionnaires’ disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any species of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. The symptoms often begins 2–10 days after exposure.
The bacterium is found naturally in fresh water. It can contaminate hot water tanks, hot tubs, and cooling towers of large air conditioners. It is usually spread by breathing in mist that contains the bacteria.
It typically does not spread directly between people, and most people who are exposed do not become infected.
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