1 dead in 2nd Legionnaires’ cluster in NYC neighborhood

New York City health officials say one person has died in connection with the latest cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in lower Washington Heights that has stricken 16 people.

The Health Department said Wednesday the person had underlying health conditions.

It’s the second cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in the same Manhattan neighborhood where more than 20 people were infected with the disease in July, killing one person.

A cooling tower in the Sugar Hill residential development was identified as the source of the Legionnaires’ cluster in the same area in July. The Health Department says it has directed building management to clean and disinfect the tower again.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in water droplets contaminated with the bacterium Legionella. Symptoms can include fever, chills and muscle aches.