Deaths due to Legionnaires Disease in New York City

Since mid-July, 2 people have died due to an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx area of New York. A total of 31 cases of the flu-like disease have been reported. The source of the outbreak is still under investigation.

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Advice For Travellers

Transmission of legionellosis (Legionnaires Disease) usually occurs following exposure to warm water aerosols since the bacteria are inhaled through water droplets in water sprays or mists. Exposure can occur in or around hot tubs, showers, or from air conditioning systems in buildings with poorly maintained cooling towers.

Travellers who develop serious respiratory symptoms after being in air conditioned buildings or other environments that generate sprays in the outbreak area should seek medical care as soon as possible.

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