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Legionnaires disease Bronx townhall Aug 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday that the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that began in South Bronx mid-July is showing signs of slowing and has peaked at 86 cases.

Five cooling towers in the South Bronx have tested positive for Legionella during the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s investigation and remediation is underway.  The city believes it has identified all the targets that have been contaminated.

Dr. Mary Bassett, the Commissioner of New York City’s health department, said “We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases.  I urge anyone with symptoms to seek medical attention right away.”

De Blasio has reiterated that this outbreak does not imply that the city’s water supply is at risk.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has said that his office will push legislation to  establish a citywide inspection system.

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