New Jersey’s Union County Has Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease

A successful executive who earned a spot on Forbes’ list of the Top 100 CEOs, John Klein serves as the chairman of Cambridge Therapeutics in Teaneck, New Jersey. Credited with securing Food and Drug Administration approval for more than 300 generic drugs, Cambridge Therapeutics Chairman John Klein is interested in health developments in the state of New Jersey.

In May, New Jersey health officials announced that 22 people in the state had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, five of whom had died from the disease. The nearly two dozen cases occurred between March 8 and May 13 among people who reside in or visited Union County.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in small water droplets containing the bacteria Legionella, which is sometimes found in the air conditioning units for large buildings, decorative fountains, plumbing systems, or cooling misters. The disease cannot be contracted through drinking water or home air conditioning units, said New Jersey Health Department officials. As the investigation into the outbreak continues, officials assured residents and visitors to Union County that the risk of contracting the disease is small.

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