#AceNewsReport – NYC:Aug.02: New York City is dealing with a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of severe pneumonia.
Four people have died and 65 have been infected in the Bronx since July 10, Reuters quoted health officials as saying. The outbreak is regarded as very unusual, as it involves five times more cases than the previous one, in which only 12 people fell sick.
The disease is spread by Legionella bacteria, which resides in some plumbing systems, including hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, and humidifiers. People can be infected by breathing in mist from the water.
The bacteria cannot spread from person to person. Outbreaks usually occur in the summer or early fall. Some of the symptoms are coughing, fever, headaches and muscle pain.