A New York City hospital has revealed Legionella bacteria was found in several areas of the center after a testing of its water systems in August. Mount Sinai Beth Israel said one patient contracted Legionella bacteria and is currently being treated for it, NY 1 reported.
The hospital released a statement saying in part that it is “taking the proper steps to eradicate the issue,” according to the report, and that efforts to remove it began immediately after a positive test result was returned.
The bacteria can cause Legionellosis, a respiratory disease, Legionnaire’s disease, a serious type of pneumonia. An infection can lead to lung failure or even death.
A cluster outbreak in the Bronx last year saw more than 100 people sickened and 12 deaths.
The hospital plans to remain open and is working with the New York State Department of Health.