Suspected Legionnaires Outbreak at Newark Apartment Building: 3 Cases Confirmed
NEWARK, NJ – Public health officials are currently investigating a possible Legionnaires outbreak in a Newark apartment building for senior citizens.
Newark officials have confirmed three cases at the apartment building on Nevada Street.
Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by exposure to the Legionella bacteria. Exposure is contracted through contact with mist from water contaminated by the bacteria and cannot be contracted through person-to-person contact. Symptoms of Legionnaires disease include: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches, and diarrhea.
According to health officials, the first case of Legionnaires occurred in December, two other cases were confirmed in the last month. However, it is unsure whether the residents were infected inside the apartment building or through external exposure. City officials are currently running tests on the building’s water system to determine the source of the contamination.
In order to reduce the risk of Legionella growth, building water systems need to be tested and monitored. Failing to properly maintain your cooling tower can lead to the spread of the Legionella bacteria and other water-borne illnesses. Tower Water can help you do that and we have the resources to help you. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cooling tower give Tower Water a call at (800) 669-9636 today