One Dead, 6 Ill in NYC Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak

A Legionnaire's disease outbreak on the Upper East Side of Manhattan has caused one death and sickened six other people, the city health department said Friday.

The patients became ill within the past 11 days in the Lenox Hill neighborhood, according to the agency, which added that four patients remained in the hospital and two had recovered and been discharged, The New York Times reported.

The patient who died was over age 90 and had other health problems, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said.

Legionnaire's disease in a bacterial infection typically contracted through contaminated water. The health department is investigating air conditioning equipment in the neighborhood for signs of Legionella bacteria, The Times reported.

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