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Legionella bacteria found in Quaker Ridge, middle school water supplies

Source:, September 17, 2020
By: Todd Sliss and Valerie Abrahams

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community to the presence of “low-to-moderate levels” of Legionella bacteria in the water supplies at Quaker Ridge Elementary School and Scarsdale Middle School. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Hagerman reported the district’s other five buildings had tested negative.

Found in drinking water and natural water sources, Legionella, if aspirated into the lungs, can cause a form of pneumonia called Legionnaire’s disease. It is not passed from person to person. Read more.

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