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Legionnaires’ disease infects 12 people in NYC

At least a dozen individuals in new york contracted Legionnaires’ disease, prompting city officials to start an investigation to include it before it turns into a fatal outbreak.

Five people remain hospitalized and seven others were discharged after being treated for the disorder, the New York City Health Department declared on Tuesday. The cases were reported at the sufferers, and the last fourteen days at Flushing, Queens’ ages ranged from early 30s. Health officials are investigating two more instances to establish whether it was a part of the cluster. There have been no deaths reported.

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Health officials have taken water samples from several cooling tower systems in the area where the instances were reported to check the bacteria which causes the fatal disease, for Legionella.

“As with our previous Legionnaires’ disorder investigations, we’re in the process of exploring the source of the cluster and are working with building owners in the area to quickly test and clean cooling towers,” Dr. Mary T. Bassett, city health commissioner, said in a statement.

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Officials urged residents experiencing symptoms like cough, fever, chills and muscle aches to seek out a doctor immediately.

A community cluster of Legionnaires’ disorder turned fatal in June when one person died and six others were sickened from the bacteria on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Another Queens resident expired in September.  

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