Health Department investigating Legionnaires' outbreak at Forest Hills building

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Investigation into Queens legionnaires outbreak
The health department is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Queens.

FOREST HILL, Queens (WABC) -- The New York City Health Department is investigating a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a high-rise apartment building in Queens.

Authorities say two people were infected with the disease over the summer at the Parker Towers Complex on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.

One of the patients died. The other has recovered. Both cases were reported in a two-month period.

The Health Department is working with building management to test the water system.

Residents were notified Wednesday about the outbreak.

Symptoms of the disease are similar to the flu. In 2015, there were multiple clusters of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx.

Twelve people died in the largest one, which was in the South Bronx.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)