updated 4/27/2005 12:08:15 PM ET 2005-04-27T16:08:15

A patient at a Manhattan teaching hospital died of Legionnaire’s disease, autopsy results show.

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Richard Montesano, 63, died April 13 at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

“We view this matter very seriously” and are taking steps to ensure patients’ safety, hospital officials said in a statement.

Montesano and three other patients were treated for Legionnaire’s disease last month. They had been admitted in an advanced stage of complex disease,” but hospital officials did not elaborate.

Another patient also died. That case has been referred to the medical examiner’s office, which has yet to determine a cause of death.

The hospital initially said Legionella bacteria were identified in the water supply of one building. On Tuesday, officials said testing also detected the bacteria in a second building.

In a statement, an attorney for Montesano’s family said the hospital should have taken more precautions.

Legionnaire’s disease is treatable with antibiotics and does not generally pose a threat to the public.

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