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Keep Legionnaire's Disease From Spoiling Your Vacation

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 – After multiple Legionnaire's disease cases in New York City were reported this month, a global health expert is warning vacationers that summer is prime time for the disease. "If your summer plans include travel, please be mindful that this disease has been linked to contaminated water supplies in hotels and cruise ships," said Jerry Balentine. He is vice president for ...

Newborns Sickened With Legionnaire's Disease Via Home Water Birth: CDC

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Two cases in Arizona and one in Texas highlight a little-known danger of "water births" at home – infant infections with Legionnaire's disease. "The risk for Legionella [bacteria] cannot be eliminated because of the need for warm tap water to fill the tub" used for these births, says a team led by Geoffrey Granseth. He's an epidemiologist with the Arizona Department of ...

Legionnaires' Hiding in Hospital, Nursing Home Plumbing Systems: CDC

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Deadly Legionnaires' disease is lurking in the water systems of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, putting the most vulnerable patients at risk, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. About 10 percent of people who get Legionnaires' disease die from it, but in health care facilities the death rate is higher – 25 percent of those patients die if they get ...

Drug-Resistant Germs Thrive in America's Corroding Water Systems

Posted 23 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 – The thousands of miles of aging, corroding pipes that bring water to Americans each day may be home to dangerous drug-resistant bacteria, a new report warns. These harmful bacteria include legionella, which causes Legionnaires' disease; pseudomonas, which can trigger pneumonia; and mycobacteria, which can cause tuberculosis and other illnesses, the researchers said. ...

Legionnaires' Disease Can Transmit Person-to-Person, Case Suggests

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Legionnaires' disease – the respiratory illness that plagued New York City in an outbreak last summer – is typically thought to develop when people breathe in contaminated mist or water droplets. However, a case that occurred in the fall of 2014 in Portugal suggests that the often deadly bacterial infection may, in rare cases, pass person-to-person. One expert in the ...

NYC Declares Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Over

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – The source of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York City has been identified and the outbreak is over, health officials said Thursday. Since July 10, there were 124 cases of the illness in the South Bronx, and 12 of those patients died. The source of the outbreak was the Opera House Hotel cooling tower, officials said in a news release. Strains of Legionella ...

Poorly Maintained Plumbing Often Leads to Legionnaires' Disease, CDC Says

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – As New York City struggles to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, two new U.S. government reports show the bacteria that causes the potentially deadly illness can take root in a myriad of water sources. Those sources can include poorly maintained hot tubs, water fountains and cooling towers, the researchers said. "The variety of settings and water sources ...

Two More Deaths Reported in NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 10, 2015 – Two more deaths were reported Monday in the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York City. The number of reported cases also increased, from 100 to 113, officials from the New York Department of Mental Health and Hygiene said in a news release. The outbreak has been traced to water-filled cooling towers in the South Bronx. Health experts note that the elderly, smokers ...

NYC Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak May Be Slowing

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – The ongoing outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City is showing signs of slowing, city health chief Dr. Mary Bassett said Friday. In a statement, the head of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said that there have been no new deaths, and no new reported cases over the past 24 hours. Ten people have died, and 100 more are known to be infected with ...

Legionnaire's Disease Most Deadly for Frail, Elderly, Experts Say

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – As New York City health officials work to contain an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, health experts note that the elderly, smokers and those with respiratory conditions are most vulnerable to the potentially deadly bacteria. So far, 97 people have been infected and eight have died in the current outbreak, which has been traced to cooling towers in a Bronx ...

Windshield Washer Fluid May Be Source of Legionnaires' Disease

Posted 20 May 2014 by

MONDAY, May 19, 2014 – Windshield washer fluid may contain bacteria that cause the deadly form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease, according to a new study. Researchers found Legionella bacteria in the windshield washer fluid of 75 percent of school buses they tested in one central Arizona school district. The investigators also discovered that Legionella bacteria can grow in windshield ...

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