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LOCKPORT – Facing a potential case of Legionella, Eastern Niagara Hospital announced Saturday that it is chlorinating its water system and restricting the use of tap water.

Legionella – a common form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which live in water and moist soil – is not transmitted from person to person.

Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn Moore emphasized that there is no outbreak of Legionella.

“The hospital is currently undergoing a hyperchlorination treatment process in order to ensure that any contaminants and bacteria are eliminated,” she said in a statement Saturday. “While this precautionary process is taking place, tap water has been restricted in all areas. Patients, staff and visitors are being supplied with bottled water.”

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