Officials search for Legionnaires' disease source in Bronx

The city is hunting for the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx that has killed two and sickened dozens.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said Wednesday she was concerned about the “unusual increase” of the bacterial sickness — which causes fever, cough, chills and muscle aches.

Bassett urged anyone who feels those symptoms to go to a doctor.

Thirty-one cases of Legionnaires’ — which can’t be spread person-to-person — have been reported in the Bronx since July 10.

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The city’s Health Department is testing water from cooling towers and checking other possible plumbing system sources in the Bronx to find the source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

The city’s Health Department is testing water from cooling towers and checking other possible plumbing system sources to find out what is at the source of the outbreak.

Legionnaires’ symptoms — which often show up two to 10 days after someone is exposed to the Legionella bacteria — can also include a headache, confusion, fatigue and diarrhea. The disease can be serious for people with compromised immune systems.

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