By Ted Brooks

The lawsuits continue to mount from those claiming to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease in 2018 from the cooling tower of a Washington Heights housing complex.

According to medical authorities, Legionnaires’ disease, also known as legionellosis, is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches.

Published reports say that nine more individuals have alleged that the Sugar Hill Project at 898 St. Nicholas Ave. at 155th Street was the cause. According to the allegation, the complex’s contaminated cooling tower sent them to the hospital. The suits were filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

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