Ten dead in NYC after Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak

Bacterial illness thrives in the lungs, causing symptoms similar to pneumonia

(NBC News) New York City health officials say they have a handle on a deadly Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak.

The rate of newly diagnosed cases is slowing, but so far 101 people have been infected and ten have died.

All rooftop cooling systems in New York City must be tested for bacteria linked to the deadly outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control has sent staffing to help with the massive task.

“This is an all hands on deck situation, and we need all of our partners at every level of government to help address the situation,” said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

Legionnaires’ is not spread from person to person. People become infected by breathing in microscopic droplets of water contaminated with legionella bacteria.

It’s often found in hot tubs, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems and air conditioning cooling towers like the ones implicated in the New York City outbreak.

The bacterial illness thrives in the lungs, causing symptoms similar to pneumonia.

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