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The Albany County Department of Health confirms two cases of Legionella

Officials: Albany County DoH confirms two cases of Legionella

GUILDERLAND, NY (WRGB) – Albany County Department of Health says two people at the Promenade Senior Living Community are tested positive for Legionella and one of these people has died [19659003] But they say the exact cause of death has not been confirmed.

Officials say preliminary water samples taken from the plant revealed the bacteria.

NYS DOH is responsible for overseeing assistance opportunities. [19659003] A spokesman says that they monitor the situation and work with the management to ensure the safety of other residents living here.

Officials say that water restrictions have been introduced, including new shower filters and water for drinking.

This is not the first time legionella has been discovered in this place.

The state confirms from 2010 to 2012, when the building was a Best Western, legionella was found in 19 people with exposure to the hotel.

Legionella is transmitted by inhaling droplets of water containing the bacteria.

It does not spread from person to person, but it can be particularly serious for the elderly.

Schenectady city council president Leesa Perazzo says her 87-year-old father had the disease last summer.

"He had this cold, he couldn't quite get over, and then he stopped with fever and he continued to sink and it came to the point where we needed to call an ambulance because he collapsed," she said.

Perazzo says he was in the hospital for 6 days and then in recovery for 6 weeks.

"He could not support his own weight and it was very intense. I wish my best for those people who are now struggling for this state of health, because it is a challenge," Perazzo says.

Officials say the end result of water samples should be ready within a week.

Times Union originally reported on the Legionnaires' disease cases in Albany.

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