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State health officials probe possible Legionnaires' at Brooklyn hospital

December 23, 2018 - 10:46 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The state Department of Health is investigating at a hospital in Park Slope over possible Legionnaires' disease in the water supply.

Brooklyn Methodist Hospital says Legionnaires’ disease bacteria were found during routing testing of the water supply in certain units of the building.  

Legionnaires' disease – a potentially deadly form of pneumonia – is not spread person to person, but through any kind of water system. It can be fatal, but for most people it is not.

In a statement, Brooklyn Methodist Hospital said it has implemented water restrictions after legionella bacteria were detected during required water safety testing. 

The hospital said it was implementing the restrictions out of an abundance of caution and that it is working with the state and city departments of health to maintain a clean water supply and disinfect the water sources.

“It is important to note that the water supply of many large buildings and hospitals often contains small amounts of legionella bacteria, and most people who are exposed to legionella will not become ill,” the hospital said in the statement.

In a separate statement, the state Department of Health said it was working with the hospital to investigate “legionellosis potentially associated with the hospital.”

“To help prevent additional cases of legionellosis, the hospital decided to put in place water restrictions,” the department said in its statement.

There’s no indication that anyone at the hospital actually has come down with the disease, but the investigation has people worried.

One woman who was visiting her mother said the hospital handed out bottled water for them to drink.

“The only thing they said was: ‘Do not drink the water, it’s probably Legionnaires',’” the woman told 1010 WINS.