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Two Legionella associated deaths in Niagara County

Posted at 3:29 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 19:05:14-04

New York State Department of Health confirms that two people have died in Niagara County with Legionella.

7 Eyewitness News first broke the story about the Legionella outbreak in Niagara County a week ago. Last week, there was a cluster of 8 cases in the Lockport Community, including 4 other cases in the Niagara County.

State health leaders say it's important to note that patients with Legionellosis have other underlying health issues.

The cooling tower at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport recently tested positive for the bacteria. The hospital told us they have re-cleaned and disinfected the tower. County health officials don't believe there is a connection between the 12 cases and the hospital.

The bacteria is usually found in natural or man-made water sources. It's still not clear where the 12 people came into contact with the bacteria.

Legionella is not uncommon in Western New York. So far this year, Erie County has seen 45 cases, while Niagara County has only had 16.  Antibiotics usually wipe the infection away from the body, if caught early.

Niagara County Health Department and New York State Health Department are currently investigating this situation.