The recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx has claimed the life of one person. Thirteen people have been confirmed to have Legionnaires’ disease since the outbreak began early last week.
Inspectors tested 35 cooling towers in Morris Park and found Legionella bacteria in 15 of the ones tested. Health authorities have ordered the cooling towers to be disinfected.
Some of the cooling towers that tested positive include:
- Lehman High School
- Bronx Psychiatric Center
- 6 buildings associated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine
This Legionnaires’ disease outbreak is unrelated to the outbreak that occurred from July to August in the South Bronx which killed 12 people and sickened over 120 individuals.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio along with other health and city officials, urged residents to go to the doctor if they showed symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease. Symptoms are very similar to flu symptoms and can include, fever, cough, shortness of breath, weakness, and many others.
This city is planning to have a town hall meeting in the Bronx tonight on Legionnaires’ disease. The meeting will be held at 8:00 PM at Maestro’s Caterers located at 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx, NY 10462.
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