Department of Health: Bronx Legionnaires’ Disease Ends Community Infections | New York | Antibiotics

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[Epoch Times, June 21, 2022]The New York City Department of Health announced on the 17th that the Legionnaires’ disease cluster outbreak in the Highbridge community in the Bronx has ended; There have been no new confirmed cases. A total of 30 related cases were reported in this outbreak, of which 28 were hospitalized for treatment, 24 were discharged, and 2 died.

After extensive epidemiological investigation and sampling, the Department of Health’s public health laboratory and epidemiologists confirmed that the Legionella bacteria found in a cooling tower at a community building in the Bronx matched the strain found on citizens. After the Health Bureau started its investigation on May 20, it ordered the building owner to carry out disinfection on May 23. The building has been improved in accordance with the requirements of the Health Bureau.

Surgeon General Dr. Ashwin Vasan said the Legionnaires’ disease cluster has ended and residents are recovering, but New Yorkers should still seek medical attention if they develop any flu-like symptoms.

New Yorkers should contact their doctor immediately if they develop flu-like symptoms, cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Given the ongoing spread of COVID-19, people seeking medical care should be tested for COVID-19 and evaluated for Legionnaires’ disease. People usually get sick from inhaling water vapour containing Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is generally not spread from person to person, and early detection can be cured with antibiotics.

Editor in charge: Chen Wenqi

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