A building of the Melrose Houses, a public housing complex in the South Bronx, has been identified as the source of small cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases.
In the past six months, four cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been associated with the housing complex. Two of these cases coincided with the South Bronx outbreak and one patient is still hospitalized; the other two cases occurred earlier in the year.
The Melrose Houses are in the same area as the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with the Opera House Hotel that occurred in July, but it is not considered the same outbreak.
The complex consists of eight buildings housing 2,670 residents. So far, the building at 681 Courtlandt Ave. is the only one to test positive. The NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) shut off water to this building upon discovery of the Legionella bacteria and is also installing water filters in every apartment to eradicate bacteria.
According to Sam Miller, a health department spokesman, the water system at the Melrose Houses is being examined because it is a common link for multiple cases.
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