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6 get Legionnaires’ disease in upstate NY; 1 dies

/ Source: The Associated Press

Health officials say six residents of an upstate New York housing complex for seniors have been stricken with Legionnaires’ disease, and that one of them has died.

The family of 75-year-old Anna Marie Tongate says she died Thursday at a hospital in Elmira about a week after falling ill.

The state health department says Tongate lived at a complex where five others have been infected.

Tongate’s family says the residents began displaying flulike symptoms last week but Tongate wasn’t brought to the hospital until Sunday.

A Chemung County health official says it could be a week or more before investigators determine the source of the contamination.