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Test results show legionella was contracted at Guilderland assisted-living facility

March 27, 2019 06:19 PM

GUILDERLAND - Testing results show two patients at an assisted living facility in Guilderland who contracted the legionella bacteria got it from somewhere inside the facility.

One of the people living Promenade at University Place passed away -- though it's not clear what the autopsy shows, due to HIPPA laws.

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The Promenade sent a letter to patients and families on Wednesday showing the state's culture testing confirms the presence of legionella in the water there, which can result in the legionellosis, which can cause a severe form of pneumonia. 

The state and county health investigations were prompted after two residents were diagnosed with legionnaire's disease at the facility -- which was a Best Western hotel before it was converted into The Promenade.

The state's Wadsworth Laboratories did special testing called whole genome sequencing and found the legionella bacteria from clinical samples here matched the legionella bacteria cultured from water samples in the inside plumbing system. The recent legionella was also compared to the 2012 bacteria from a legionnaire's outbreak when it was a Best Western and results indicate a molecular match.

The Promenade has both short and long-term water testing programs they've been working to develop ever since, including installing new shower and sink filters and providing bottled water.

It's important to note state officials say the testing for legionella before The Promenade opened in October of 2018 was negative.

To hear what state health officials say about any possible ongoing risk for people who still live there, watch the video of Jill Konopka's story.

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