A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was confirmed at Co-Op City in the Bronx. The outbreak turned fatal leaving one elderly resident dead while two others recovered at a nearby hospital.
The New York City Health Department said it is in the process of examining the water supply that is shared across the three affected buildings in the complex of 35 high-rises. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria legionella. It is not contagious and is treatable with antibiotics.
Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea, officials said. Symptoms typically appear two to 10 days after exposure to Legionella bacteria.
The city started regular, mandatory inspections of cooling systems after a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak in the South Bronx where 12 people died. To read more about Legionnaire’s disease and the legionella bacteria that causes the disease, read more here.