An increase of number infected by Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, claimed deadly outbreak.
Legionnaires’ disease spread in New York City, death toll rise and increase of infected persons. It is typically known as form of pneumonia caused by aerobic bacteria and can be transmitted through inhaling aerosolized water or even soil contaminated of Legionella bacteria.
Since July, the disease put the city into fear. As of today, high percentage of confirmed cases been reported including fatality rate caused by Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, New York City. Patients having such disease experienced muscle aches, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, diarrhea as well as vomiting.
Dr. Amar Safdar, associate professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone Medical Center said, “Even if you’re taking care of someone who is coughing away and has high fever, they are not contagious,” knowing Legionnaires’ isn’t just an easy disease which something people can get sitting next to an infected person.
The outbreak is believed started with infected water-cooling towers which is used as air conditioning and ventilation systems in the city. Legionella been identified in the cooling systems public places which have been decontaminated. The illness often affects middle-aged and older persons most particularly those who smoke and eventually have chronic lung disease.
New York Health Commissioner Mary Bassett stated, “Those at risk are people who are older, who have underlying diseases, who have symptoms.” . “The symptoms include cough, fever, headache, muscle pains, chills. You should see a doctor if any of these symptoms develop because this is a very treatable disease.”
Some laboratory tests to infected patient shows kidney functions and liver functions are abnormal. In July 2001, world’s largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease happened in Murcia Spain and now hits New York City. However, authorities claimed to control the outbreak in the city and that no more threat of Legionnaires’ disease.
In the statement of Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We are confident, based on the medical and the scientific evidence that we have, that we have identified the only sites that are causing this outbreak, and again, they have all been cleaned.”
Decline of cases in the city been recorded and people went back to normal life as to outbreak started to ease. IMAGE/abc13.com