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Two Test Positive For Legionnaires' Disease at NYCHA Complex

People who are immunocompromised have a higher risk of exposure to the disease.
Two people in a Brownsville NYCHA complex tested positive for Legionnaires' disease.

The New York City Department of Health is testing the water systems at a NYCHA complex in Brooklyn after two people tested positive for Legionnaires' disease over the past year.

According to abc7ny, the department confirmed the cases were found at the Langston Hughes Houses in Brownsville.

The department will test water samples from the building's water system for Legionella, the bacteria causing Legionnaires' disease. According to the Department of Health, the disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria and has similar symptoms including fever, chills, muscle aches, and cough. 

People who are vulnerable to the disease, which is not contagious, include those who are 50 years or older, smokers, people with chronic lung disease, and immunocompromised people.

"If you have these symptoms, seek medical attention right away. You are especially at risk if you are a smoker or have a medical condition that affects your breathing. Tell your health care provider you are worried about Legionnaires’ disease," the department said. 

The health department said that property owners in the city are required to register their water coolers. The department is working with NYCHA in guiding residents about preventive measures.