Owego, N.Y. – Five workers at a shredding facility in Owego have come down with legionnaires’ disease.
It’s a type of pneumonia that can be fatal. It was named after an American Legion Convention in Philadelphia when many who attended contracted it.
The local cases have taken place since 2009 at the Upstate Shredding plant on Route 38 in Owego.
The legionnaires’ disease bacteria was found in pools of standing water near the shredder where the affected employees worked. None of the workers died from their illness.
The standing water pools have been eliminated and other precautions have also been taken.
Original article at: wetmtv.com