In Manhattan eight people had been hospitalized due to a spread of Legionella.
Legionella bacteria develops in warm water and moist air. In manhattan 8 people had been contaminated, people were aged range from 40 to over 80 years old. Investigators are testing water towers in the northern Manhattan neighborhood where the cluster occurred to identify the source. At this time, no death have been reported.
The symptoms develop between 2 and 10 days after be in connection with the contaminated area.
The initial symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, resemble those of the common flu and appear progressively over two or three days. Other symptoms include :
- Digestive problems (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting),
- Neurologicals problems (confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, even coma).
- Difficulty breathing
- High fever
Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to the disease as are people with weakened immune system . However, it cannot be spread person-to-person and sufferers do not have to be quarantined. Indeed, airways, throught the inhalation of water droplets where Legionella bacteria are present transmits Legionnaires’ Disease.