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Water in Rochester apartment tests positive for Legionnaires' Disease

Posted at: 10/12/2012 11:25 PM
Updated at: 10/14/2012 7:36 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

nullNews10NBC has learned that residents in a Rochester apartment complex are being told not to drink or use the water.

A letter was sent out to all the residents at Seneca Towers telling them that their water has tested positive for Legionnaires' Disease. The letter was sent out by the property managers. The letter also said there has been two cases of Legionnaires' in the building this year.

The disease is caused by a bacteria that is found naturally in water and soil. Early symptoms are flu-like with muscle aches, high fever and chills.

After receiving a number of phone calls from residents here at Seneca Towers, News10NBC came to talk to residents of the building.

The letter said that the buildings hot water system tested positive for Legionnaires' Disease and now both New York state and the Monroe County Health Department are investigating.

Until then, residents in the building cannot use the hot water in any way including to have a shower. They can still use the cold water.

News10NBC is told the letter was handed out door to door. People who live here said they are worried.

Resident Debra Simpkins said, "My concern is that not everyone is going to understand this letter and there's nobody here to answer our questions until tomorrow at 10. But I said, people got to go to work and there are children in the building and very elderly people in the building and their health is impaired."

Employees did pass out bottled water to all the tenants to use in the meantime. The buildings management company confirmed tenants are not to use the water, but they would not say why.

News10NBC also reached out to the Department of Health to try and confirm the findings of Legionnaires' but they have not returned our calls.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, the state and county health departments will be conducting informational meetings at the Seneca Towers community room.

From what News10NBC knows, water should not be affected outside of Seneca Towers.