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Few Clues In Fort Lee Legionnaire’s Mystery
· Source Of Disease In High Rise Remains Unclear

Nov 8, 2004 10:07 am US/Eastern

The source of Legionnaire's disease in a luxury co-op in Fort Lee remains a mystery.

It's been a week since the water was shut off at The Colony after two of the building's 1,000 residents were diagnosed with Legionnaire's.

Building officials say tests show either no evidence of the bacteria or only low levels of it.

State health officials last week allowed The Colony to restore cold water throughout the building. Hot water is available on lower floors.

Legionnaires disease is a potentially deadly respiratory illness caused by Legionella. The bacterium grows in water and can be spread through air-conditioning ducts. Symptoms include nausea, headache and high fever.

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