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Legionella Found In Sharpsburg Senior High Rise Building

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SHARPSBURG (KDKA) – One person was sickened by Legionella found in the water of a senior high rise building in Sharpsburg.

The building is home to 106 people ages 62 and older.

Officials say one woman who lived in the building was sickened, but is in the hospital and doing fine.

“What about people with cuts or sores? Are they at a greater risk?” one man asked officials about the contamination.

However, officials say they’re going to install new filtration systems in the water and residents can drink bottled water in the meantime.

Testing for the Legionella started Nov. 8.

Officials say about 40 percent of the samples they’ve taken of the water contain Legionella.

“I have a lung problem, I was born without part of a lung, so it does give me some concerns,” said one resident.

The facility says it’s going to treat the water using copper ionization starting Wednesday.

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