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Bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease discovered in apartment complex

October 15, 2012

ROCHESTER, NY — Water in the Seneca Towers apartment complex has tested positive for Legionella, the bacterium that causes legionellosis or Legionnaires' disease, resulting in two known illnesses, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

Seneca TowersResidents of the complex have been instructed not to use the water in their apartments because of the positive testing, the article stated.

"To reduce potential health risks to residents, the facility has implemented infection control measures on the recommendation of the state and county health departments, which include a number of water-use restrictions," said Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Health.

According to the article, officials with the state and county Health Departments are now working with apartment management to eradicate the bacteria.

Prevent Legionella before it strikes

After the first case of Legionnaires' popped up in May, management tested for bacteria in their water source, with the second positive case "raising the stakes," the article noted.

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