Legionnaires’ outbreak confirmed in Bronx neighborhood

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in a Bronx neighborhood, city health officials said Friday.

Four people in the borough’s Highbridge neighborhood have been diagnosed with the disease, which is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that forms in warm water, according to the city Department Of Health. Other individuals are awaiting test results.

Legionnaires’ is not contagious and is treatable with antibiotics if caught early, officials said. 

The health department said it is investigating and “sampling and testing water from all cooling tower systems in the area of the cluster.”

The Legionella bacteria typically grows in “cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot

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