2 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in 2 months in Midtown building

Kimberly Dole
July 11, 2019 - 9:50 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYC Health Department is evaluating the water system in a Midtown building after two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have occurred in residents within the past two months.

Residents at 400 W 43rd Street were told Wednesday night by the health department that two people in their building have had Legionnaires’ disease.

The DOH and building management are providing guidance on preventing exposure, especially for those at higher risk for the disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia - lung inflammation usually caused by infection.

Individuals at higher risk include people ages 50 and up, smokers, people with chronic lung disease and those with compromised immune systems.

DOH suggests that people in these groups should not take a shower, even a cool shower, since it could create water vapor (mist).

Instead they should take a bath, but fill the tub slowly and try to minimize time in the bathroom while the tub is filling.

It is important to continue to wash your hands although tenants are not required to wear masks.

An average of 200-500 cases of Legionnaires are reported in New York City every year.

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