Legionnaires’ Cases Spike Again in Bergen, Passaic Counties, NJ

New Jersey health officials are investigating a cluster of nine confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Passaic and Bergen Counties. The spike in cases comes months after another cluster was reported.

People get Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale water droplets that are contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. Outbreaks are frequently linked to fountains, hot tubs, cooling towers, and the plumbing systems of commercial buildings.

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Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease usually develop within two to 14 days of exposure. They include:

  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches

2023 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Bergen, Passaic Counties

The patients in the current outbreak reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from May 27, 2023 and August 1, 2023. The current investigation is ongoing.

2022 Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Bergen, Passaic Counties

Between November 9, 2022, and December 21, 2022, seven confirmed and one suspected case of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in Passaic County and Bergen Counties, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). State health officials investigated the cluster but were unable to determine the source.

About 250-375 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported in New Jersey each year. 

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