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I dead, 6 sickened in NYC Legionnaires' cluster

17 June 2017

They say that person was in their 90s and had additional health conditions that contributed to their death.

New Yorkers with respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches, are urged to promptly seek medical attention.

News of the Lenox Hill outbreak comes after the Florida Department of Health confirmed four cases of Legionnaires' Disease at two LA Fitness gyms, as reported by WKMG Monday.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused from inhaling mist that is infected with the bacteria Legionella.

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The city is now actively testing the water from all cooling tower systems in Lenox Hill within a half-kilometer radius of where the disease was contracted.

The Health Department is investigating this community cluster of cases in Lenox Hill, the department announced Friday. Symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath, fever and headache.

Seven people tested positive for the disease in the last 11 days.

Every year, there are between 200 and 400 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city.

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While Legionella bacteria can't be eliminated from the environment, Bassett said the city will continue to monitor for outbreaks of the disease, and issue public notices when clusters of infections appear. Also, the city regularly makes unannounced inspections of cooling towers, Bassett said.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person. Those at highest risk are people age 50 or older who smoke cigarettes, lung disease, or weakened immune systems.

For more information about Legionnaires' disease, please visit the Health Department website.

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I dead, 6 sickened in NYC Legionnaires' cluster