Ten Legionnaires? cases reported among patients at New Rochelle hospital

Ten cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported among outpatients at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle.

Westchester County health officials say contaminated water in the hospital?s cooling system may be to blame. Hospital officials say the first case of the current outbreak was identified on June 21. There have been no deaths from the bacterial disease in these cases. The victims range in age from 34 to 83. Officials say five patients remain hospitalized pending follow-up testing.

County health officials say more patients with pneumonia are being checked for the illness. The health commissioner says preliminary tests on water samples from an outdoor cooling tower at the hospital indicated the presence of the bacteria that causes the disease. The commissioner adds if the cooling tower was the source, people up until last weekend could have been affected.Related linkWestchester County Department of Health

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