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BPS responding to possible Legionella bacteria in office building

A water sample from a Buffalo Public Schools district office building has tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

As a result, the district has raised the Clinton Street offices' hot water system to 170 degrees and will continue to flush its hot and cold water systems throughout the night at all water outlets.

The district stressed that it cannot assume from a single test that the results were accurate or valid, but it is taking precautionary measures to err on the side of safety. It will conduct more rigorous testing once the water systems are thoroughly flushed. While it likely will take two weeks to receive lab results, the district expects to keep the offices at 333 Clinton St. open and operating.

When inhaled, the bacteria can lead to a respiratory disease that can develop into the lung infection Legionnaires' disease. No illness has been reported in association with the building.


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