New York City

NYPD Officer Found With Legionnaires' Disease: Health Officials

A police officer in Harlem has contracted Legionnaires' disease, health officials said.

The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was notified Friday night of the case and was testing the water supply at the 23rd Precinct in Harlem. It was recommended that no one shower at the precinct at this time, health officials said. 

"Officers can still work in the building but should avoid taking showers at the site until the investigation is complete. There is no public health risk to the larger community,” department officials said in a statement.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia and is treatable. It is not contagious.

The new cooling tower at the building has been ruled out as the source of infection as it has not been turned on yet, health officials said.

The officer is recovering in a hospital outside of Manhattan, health officials said.

There are 200 to 400 cases of Legionnaires' disease in New York City, according to a 2016 report by the health department.

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