77WABC Radio: Legionnaires Disease
Steven Sperber, M.D., chief of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine at HackensackUMC, discusses the recent cases of deadly Legionnaire’s Disease in the South Bronx. Legionnaire’s disease is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found in both potable and non-potable water systems. Dr. Sperber explained how the disease spreads and what types of symptoms are associated with the disease. Dr. Sperber noted that while this is an unusually high outbreak of the disease, most of the people who are exposed to the Legionella bacteria will not get sick.