Gym members infected with Legionnaires' in New York state

The Nassau County Health Department detected Legionella bacteria in two samples extracted from the pool and spa area of an L.A. Fitness in Garden City Park, N.Y., according to a News 12 report. The investigation was spurred after multiple gym members contracted Legionnaires'.

The county health department has not revealed the number of individuals potentially infected while using the gym's facilities, according to the report. The health department is working with the gym to contact individuals who used the facility in November and December. The pool and spa at the facility have been closed indefinitely since Dec. 30.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It is not spread via person-to-person contact or by drinking water, but can be contracted by inhaling mist from infected water sources, such as cooling misters and plumbing systems.

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