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Legionnaires' disease sickens 2 people in Westchester nursing home

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria in a water system such as air conditioning units, showers and faucets

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CROTON ON HUDSON — Two nursing home residents at Sky View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, was hospitalized after contracting Legionnaires' disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria in a water system such as air conditioning units, showers, and faucets.

Symptoms include muscle aches, shortness of breath, and fever.

Adults over the age of 50 and those with weak immune system are most susceptible to contracting the disease.

In a statement from the rehabilitation and health care center, administrators said, "We are extremely concerned by these cases. We are taking all necessary steps to protect our residents, staff, and visitors."

Administrators tell FiOS1 News they’re being proactive about the situation and have hired a water consultant.

According to the CDC, cases of Legionnaires has been on the rise since 2000.

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