Fraser Heath investigating outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Surrey, B.C.


The Health Department is now investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a residential building in the Bronx, officials told PIX11 News on Saturday.

The Department of Health found six of the 13 water tanks at the Saint Nicholas Houses tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.

Legionnaire's disease is acquired from breathing in small drops of water that contain the bacteria.

The Health Department is scheduled to inspect the internal plumbing supply in the affected building, but officials say they do not consider this an outbreak or to be related to cooling towers at this time. There are now a total of 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaire's disease associated with Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street in Hampton.

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Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and resemble symptoms often found in cases of pneumonia.

They should also seek medical treatment if they've been in the Guildford area since August 21. It can not be passed from person to person contact and it can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria.

Most people don't get sick from exposure, but those with chronic health conditions, the elderly or smokers are more at risk.

"People who are exposed to it, specifically people who are at high risk to it may start to see symptoms within two to 10 days".