Legionnaires' disease cases in Co-Op City in the Bronx

- The New York City The Health Department is investigating a cluster of confirmed Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx.

The bacterial infection has sickened at least three people in the past 12 months in the Co-Op City apartment complex. One elderly patient died, officials said.

Health authorities are urging all adults who get flu-like symptoms—a fever or a cough—in three connected buildings on Carver Loop to get tested.

Authorities do not consider this a classic Legionnaires' disease outbreak because the affected structure does not have a cooling tower. While inspectors take a closer look at the internal plumbing, health officials said that anyone 50 and older who has underlying medical conditions to avoid showering until the investigation is completed.

The tap water in the building is safe to drink, officials said.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria. It is not contagious and is treatable with antibiotics.

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