NYC police officer contracts Legionnaires'

Water tested positive for Legionella bacteria at a New York City police station where an officer recently became ill with Legionnaires' disease, according to a report from The New York Times.

City health officials conducted an investigation Friday evening at the 23rd Precinct station house in East Harlem to determine the source of the bacterial contamination. Officers are still permitted to work in the building, but have been cautioned not to shower at the station. Hot water has been shut down at the facility as a precaution, according to the Times.

Legionnaires' is a more virulent form of pneumonia and is contracted via the inhalation of small water droplets contaminated with Legionella bacteria.

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