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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 24/31, 2014

Legionnaires Disease Linked With Poverty and Certain Occupations

JAMA. 2014;312(24):2610. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16353

Living in poverty, older age, and certain occupations—working outdoor jobs, with machinery, or in cleaning services—were New York City residents’ primary risk factors for developing Legionnaires disease. The incidence of the illness in New York City has increased by 230% in recent years, from 0.83 cases per 100 000 population in 2002 to 2.74 per 100 000 in 2009.

Using case records for the 1449 cases reported to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene during 2002 to 2011, investigators found that legionellosis incidence in the city was higher (2.64 cases per 100 000 in 2011) than in the United States overall (1.36 cases per 100 000).

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