(1010wins) – The number of Legionnaires’ Diseases cases in New York City has increased to 18, including one fatality, health officials said Tuesday.
Seven people remain in the hospital, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, said at a press conference.
The deceased’s identity has not been released.
The cases are confined to a cluster in Washington Heights and Upper Hamilton Heights in upper Manhattan. The case were first revealed to the public by officials last Thursday.
According to the Department of Health, “Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella, which grows in warm water. Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, and cough.
Most cases of Legionnaires’ disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.”
At the press conference, officials said all suspect cooling towers had been inspected. Officials said they believe that the cluster had been contained.