Jacobi takes steps after Legionella bacteria found in water

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News 12 got an inside look at how NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is working to address Legionella issues after traces of the bacteria were found in its water supply.

Upon entering the lobby, a message tells visitors about Legionella prevention and measures the hospital is taking. There's a command center set up, stocked with bottled water and sanitizer.

Hospital officials restricted water use out of an abundance caution. Routine tests found low levels of Legionella bacteria. They showed special bacteria filters placed on showers and sinks.

Officials say patients are being closely monitored.

The hospital will retest its water in mid-August to see if its measures were effective.

Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaires' disease, a form of pneumonia.

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