There are now 124 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the South Bronx in what has become New York’s worst outbreak of the illness.
All of the most recent patients became ill before August 3, and there have been no new diagnoses since then.
So far, 12 of Legionnaires’ disease patients have died from the illness; 94 people have been successfully treated. Most of the people who became ill were older and had pre-existing health conditions.
On Thursday August 13, City Council passed legislation that would require cooling towers throughout the city to be tested on a regular basis. This is a huge step in the right direction for establishing requirements for Legionella prevention which are generally lacking.
“We do hope and pray that it stops this outbreak of happening again but we know Legionella grows in cooling towers and that’s why we want to identify those cooling towers,” said City Councilman Vanessa Gibson.
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