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Death Toll at 4 In NYC Legionnaire’s Outbreak

Aug 03

Reuters reports that four people have died of Legionnaire’s Disease in an outbreak in the Bronx, and 65 more have exhibited symptoms of the disease. The Bronx was also home to the most recent flare-up of the disease, in December of last year. Says the article,

In response to the outbreak, the city’s health department has inspected 22 buildings in the Bronx, 17 of which have cooling towers. Five buildings, including the historic Opera House Hotel, Lincoln Medical Center and the Concourse Plaza mall and movie complex, tested positive for Legionella. Disinfection efforts are ongoing or have already been completed at all five sites. … The people who died from the disease were older adults with underlying medical problems, according to a city press release. The department said the city’s drinking water supply, fountains and pools have not been affected.


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