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Questions remain over Legionnaires' disease at Albany County assisted-living facility

February 22, 2019 06:47 PM

There remains lots of unanswered questions regarding two cases of Legionnaires' disease -- also known as a severe form of pneumonia, at the Promenade assisted living facility on Western Avenue in Albany. That includes one that was deadly. However, families say they've been very pleased with the response.

The county and state Health Departments launched an environmental investigation where preliminary water samples at The Promenade tested positive for Legionella. Consultants were brought in to identify the source and remediate the facility.

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Now, state officials say they'll be able to do testing in the coming weeks to figure out if the same bacteria in the water system matches the bacteria affecting both residents and whether there's a match on bacteria samples taken in 2012, when this same facility was operating as a hotel -- and Legionnaires' disease was also found in the building.

The NYS DOH required testing for Legionella in October before the Promenade opened and that test came back negative, which allowed them to open.

Doctors say you can't get this disease through person to person contact. It's mainly through warm water sources like hot tubs and showers.

Hear from family members and the Deputy Commissioner of Public Health, by watching the video of Jill Konopka's story.

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Jill Konopka & WNYT Staff

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