In a news conference yesterday, Mayor de Blasio identified Lincoln Medical Center and the Concourse Plaza shopping mall in South Bronx as two possible sources of the recent Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.
Legionella bacteria were discovered in cooling systems of both facilities, but it is not yet certain whether or not the strains found in these buildings match the strain that sickened dozens and killed two. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is also testing 10 other nearby sites in their investigation to pinpoint the source.
According to officials, there have been 46 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx since July 10.
“People have to understand that this is a disease that can be treated, it is, thank God, not contagious,” said de Blasio on Thursday.
Lincoln Medical Center has been treating some Legionnaires’ patients, but it is believed that these patients contracted the illness outside the hospital. No staff or other patients are known to have contracted the illness.
The two patients who died were a man and a woman both in their 50s and had other health issues.
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