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St. Elizabeth Medical Center confirms one case of Legionella

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A case of Legionella Disease has turned up at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Hospital officials say that the patient was admitted with symptoms and tested positive for Legionella and the case has been reported to the Oneida County Health Department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of the disease are similar to pneumonia, including fever, chills and a cough.

Health officials say it can not spread from one person to another, but that you can get the disease if you breather in mist or vapor that's contaminated with the bacteria, including via whirlpools and air conditioners.

"It's similar to influenza," said Patrice Bogan of the Oneida County Health Department. "Some people can get it and have mild illness and be disabled for a couple days, but some people have actually died from Legionella, so it can be serious."

The disease got its name after a 1976 outbreak at an American Legion convention.

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