The New York City Department of Health is currently investigating the water system at the Langston Hughes Houses, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex in Brooklyn, following two reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in residents over the past year. Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which thrives in warm water environments. The Health Department is collaborating with NYCHA to conduct water system sampling to detect any presence of Legionella.
Legionnaires’ disease presents symptoms similar to other types of pneumonia, including fever, chills, muscle aches, and cough. The bacteria commonly grows in plumbing systems where conditions favor Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, hot tubs, hot water tanks, and large air-conditioning systems. Individuals at a higher risk include those aged 50 and above, smokers, and individuals with chronic lung conditions or weakened immune systems.
Residents of the Langston Hughes Houses have been notified by the Health Department about the reported cases, and guidance has been provided on preventive measures to avoid exposure to Legionella. The investigation aims to assess and address potential risks within the water system to ensure the safety of the residents.