7 More People in NYC Sick With Legionnaires’ Disease

This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires' disease). (PHOTO CREDIT: Janice Haney Carr/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)
This undated image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires’ disease). (PHOTO CREDIT: Janice Haney Carr/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

More people in New York City are sick with Legionnaires’ disease in what appears to be a new cluster of cases, health officials say.

So far, seven people who live or work in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx have been hospitalized recently with Legionnaires’ disease, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Officials were notified of these cases last week.

The new cases are not related to the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that occurred in New York City over the summer, which was the largest in the city’s history, and sickened 120 people in the South Bronx. Officials traced that outbreak to a cooling tower at the Opera House Hotel, which was contaminated with Legionella, the bacteria that cause the disease.

An investigation into the new cluster is underway, and scientists have taken samples from all of the cooling towers in Morris Park to test for the bacteria, according to the health department. Officials have also notified health care providers in the area to look out for patients with symptoms of the disease, and conduct the necessary tests on these patients.

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SOURCE: Fox News; Live Science, Rachael Rettner