Five People Died Due to Legionnaires’ Disease at a Manhattan Nursing Home

Source:, November 22, 2022

Over the summer, five people died from Legionnaires’ disease at a New York City nursing home. The nursing home had been cited on multiple occasions for improper maintenance of their cooling tower. This outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is the worst since 2015 when cooling towers were blamed for the cause of 16 deaths.

Legionnaires’ disease can spread through inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria. Legionella grows in wet environments including hot tubs, fountains, and cooling towers. While it is rare to hear about deaths in conjunction with Legionnaires’ disease, there is a higher risk for older individuals, such in this case with a nursing home. Read more.

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