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New York City, NY – An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has hit Washington Heights, with eight residents sickened by the bacteria-borne illness over the past week, officials reported Wednesday.
Seven of the eight patients have been hospitalized, and one has been discharged, officials said.
The article goes on to state the following:
No deaths have been reported from the cluster.
Ages of the patients range from under 40 to over 80.
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by the bacteria Legionella, which grows in warm water. Symptoms resemble other types of pneumonia and can include fever, chills, muscle aches and cough.
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