It happened once again in New York City.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“Health Department”) has identified yet another new outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. This time arising from a large, residential building complex at 400 West 43rd Street, or better known as Manhattan Plaza. The residents of the building were informed last night by the Health Department that two of its residents were infected with legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires’ is a form of pneumonia that is typically contracted by breathing in droplets of water in the air originating from a contaminated source, usually a cooling tower circulating water. Risk factors for Legionnaires’ disease include individuals with a weakened immune system, chronic lung disease, and cigarette smokers.
Any adults that live or have visited the area in the last month should seek medical attention immediately if they experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. An average of 200-500 cases of people are sickened by legionella each year in New York City. These legionella outbreaks are now an epidemic in the city.
Harford, P.C. currently represents numerous individuals harmed by infection to legionella bacteria. If you or someone you know has been injured by contracting Legionnaires’ disease, please contact Scott A. Harford immediately at Harford, P.C. You can directly reach him at (212) 390-8983.
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