More patients test positive for Legionnaires after outbreak in New Rochelle hospital

Westchester County health officials say two more cases of Legionnaires? disease have been discovered Friday after an outbreak in a New Rochelle hospital that already infected 10 people.

The county health department says the water inside a cooling tower located on the grounds of the Sound Shore Medical Center is likely the source of the bacteria. People became infected by inhaling the contaminated water droplets or mist. Testing is underway to confirm the finding, and the cooling tower is being disinfected. Hospital officials say the 10 confirmed cases were outpatients who all suffered from pre-existing medical conditions.

Five of those diagnosed with Legionnaires? disease have been released from the hospital. The others remain hospitalized in stable condition. Officials are also investigating other patients with pneumonia for the disease.

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Related linkWestchester County Department of Health

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