Legionnaires' scare halts hot water in Fort Lee complex

(11/01/04) FORT LEE Residents of a Fort Lee co-op complex are temporarily living without hot water after a resident fell ill with Legionnaires disease last week.

The Legionnaires case is the second in the Colony building since June. Health officials turned off the complexs hot water after bacteria associated with the sickness was found in the co-ops water supply. Residents will be receiving supplies of bottled water until an environmental company completes a disinfecting procedure on the water system.

Legionnaires disease is a bacterial respiratory infection that causes fever, chills and stomach cramps. It is not known at this time how long the Colonys 1,000 residents will be without hot water.

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