A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people and killed 1.
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What’s the problem?
August 15, 2018 – New York City health department officials said the Legionnaires outbreak started in a cooling tower at the Sugar Hill Project on Saint Nicholas Avenue, according to CBS New York. Officials said Legionella bacteria from the cooling tower matched strains from patients.
A total of at least 27 people were sickened in Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights, including one person who died. The cooling tower has since been disinfected, officials said.
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Legionnaires Disease Symptoms
Legionnaires’ disease typically begins to present 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria Legionella pneumophila, according to the Mayo Clinic. Initial symptoms include:
- Muscle pain
- Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher
By the second or third day, symptoms may also include:
- Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Confusion or other mental changes
Do I Have a Legionnaires’ Disease Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.