Legionella outbreak worrying Orangeburg residents

The first confirmed case of Legionnaires' disease in the Hudson Valley is hitting too close to home for Orangeburg residents who are praying that the disease will not spread.



Health officials say it started with last week's diagnosis of a worker at the Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation in Orangeburg.



The plant was shut down and its cooling towers were sanitized to destroy potential bacteria.



On Saturday, senior employees met at the plant for an update on the situation. One worker says that the company was taking all of the necessary precautions.



"We're safe. They're doing a good job," says Mike Nguyen. "That's why I went inside the building myself, so I'm pretty safe."



Authorities say that they are unsure if the case has any connection to the Legionnaires' outbreak in the Bronx that has already killed 10 and sickened at least 100 others.



Officials say that the Chromalloy employee who was diagnosed with Legionella has been treated and released from the hospital.



Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will visit the plant on Monday.


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