Five additional buildings have tested positive for Legionella bacteria in the Bronx outbreak which has come to be known as the largest Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City history.
There is no indication that anyone has become ill at any of these sites, however, the disease has claimed 10 lives so far and has sickened at least 108 people.
A total of 10 buildings have tested positive for Legionella during an investigation conducted by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The first five buildings were:
- Concourse Plaza
- Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
- Streamline Plastics Company
- Opera House Hotel
- A Verizon Office Building
The additional five buildings were two courthouses, a post office, and a high school. According to health officials, all have had their cooling towers cleaned and no longer pose a danger to Bronx residents.
There were apparently no records kept of which buildings had cooling towers before this outbreak. As a result of the investigation, De Blasio said that 161 cooling towers were located in the affected area of the South Bronx and that 36 had been inspected and disinfected. 57 more cooling towers were to be inspected by Saturday and another 42 before the weekend was over.
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