Case of Legionnaires’ disease at ECMC prompts caution

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — People at ECMC are being told to avoid using tap water after a case of Legionnaires’ disease at the hospital.

Officials say it’s in an abundance of caution.

Hospital officials are not sure how the patient contracted Legionnaires’. The disease can be serious for people with compromised immune systems.

The bacteria is inhaled into the lungs from water vapor carrying it.

ECMC has been installing filters on water faucets, while they are using bottled water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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