Submitted by Admin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:01

The Bronx Town Hall meeting will be held to inform area residents about Legionnaires' Disease. The event is being held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 6 p.m.

NYC public health officials report a fourth person has died in The Bronx with the disease. The outbreak that has resulted in dozens of cases. There have been a total of 65 reported cases of people with the disease and 55 have been hospitalized. 20 people have been reportedly discharged.

Legionnaires' disease usually develops two to 10 days after exposure to legionella bacteria. It frequently begins with the following signs and symptoms:

Muscle pain
Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher

By the second or third day, you'll develop other signs and symptoms that may include:

Cough, which may bring up mucus and sometimes blood
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
Confusion or other mental changes

Although Legionnaires' disease primarily affects the lungs, it occasionally can cause infections in wounds and in other parts of the body, including the heart.

A mild form of Legionnaires' disease — known as Pontiac fever — may produce signs and symptoms including fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. Pontiac fever doesn't infect your lungs, and symptoms usually clear within two to five days.
When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you think you've been exposed to legionella bacteria. Diagnosing and treating Legionnaires' disease as soon as possible can help shorten the recovery period and prevent serious complications. For people at high risk, prompt treatment is critical.

What to know about Legionnaires' disease via @TIMEHealth

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Legionnaires' disease can be treated with antibiotics