The Wall Street Journal: Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Kills One and Sickens 15 in Northern Manhattan

Image of Legionella bacteria under a microscope. Image taken from Herald Sun.


Health officials have announced a Legionnaires outbreak in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, New York City leaving one dead and 16 others infected. 20 cooling towers have since been examined with 11 ordered to be immediately cleaned by city officials. Normally, legionella bacteria sits on the surface of the water as a thin film and following any disruption the particles spread and can get aerosolized causing pneumonia-like symptoms in those who are exposed. The bacteria can also survive very high temperatures. To read more about the outbreak, click here.

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