Traces of Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaires’ disease, have recently been found in a New York City Police Department’s 23rd Precinct located in East Harlem on East 102nd Street. According to a The New York Times report, at least one officer has been hospitalized.
The New York City Health Department began investigating the location for the bacteria on June 9, 2017 after an officer became ill and was later diagnosed with the illness. The Health Department identified the Legionella bacteria in the police department’s water supply.
In a statement the Health Department said:
Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious, officers can still work in the building but should avoid taking showers at the site until the investigation is complete… There is no public health risk to the larger community
In the meantime, police officers can still work at the Precinct. However, they have been advised to cease using hot water and avoid taking showers.
CBS New York is reporting:
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