19 diagnosed with Legionnaires' Disease in Bronx; 1 death

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And outbreak of legionnaires disease in a New York City neighborhood has sickened 19 people since the beginning of the month with one person dying The city health department says cooling towers in the hybrid section of The Bronx have been tested for legionella bacteria which causes legionnaires disease a form of pneumonia the bacteria was found in four of the towers which the department ordered to be disinfected In addition to the person who died 8 people have been hospitalized the health department says people get legionnaires disease when they breathe in water vapor with the bacteria It isn't contagious and most people don't get sick but symptoms are similar to the flu and those with symptoms should seek healthcare Julie Walker New York

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