Woman accuses New Rochelle hospital of cover-up in Legionnaires case

A New Rochelle woman is accusing the Sound Shore Medical Center of a cover-up concerning the recent outbreak of Legionnaires? disease.

According to Barbara Troiano, her mother was healthy when she was taken to the emergency room at the New Rochelle hospital in June after a fall. Troiano says her 83-year-old mother was diagnosed with Legionnaires? disease at the time the hospital reported an outbreak of 20 other cases.

The hospital says the cause of the outbreak was due to a contaminated cooling tower for the air conditioning system. The common denominating factor in all the cases were that they were outpatients, with compromised immune systems who passed by the cooling tower outside the building.

Troiano says her mother?s case contradicts the hospital?s account of the cause of the outbreak. Troiano?s attorney says the hospital is more concerned with its reputation and the financial impact than in disclosing the truth.

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