The cooling towers at the Streamline Plastics Company on Park Avenue continue to be monitored after testing positive for Legionella bacteria in July.
The plastics company is one of five locations to test positive for the bacteria during an investigation conducted by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened 86 people and led to the death of seven.
Joe Bartner, owner of the plastics company, said that the cooling towers are cleaned once a month and that nothing like this has happened in the 20 years he’s operated the business. None of his 45 employees have contracted the potentially deadly disease.
The towers are now being checked every day for at least a week. Health officials will also conduct follow-up testing of the cooling towers as a precaution.
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