Legionnaires bacteria discovered in more NYC buildings as death toll rises

| August 12, 2015
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Twelve people have died from Legionnaires’ disease amid the largest outbreak the city has experienced in its history, Mayor de Blasio said as he introduced plans to combat future spread of the severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia, while officials in Rockland County say a case there is connected to the New York City outbreak.

A spokesman for Rockland County said there have been three cases of Legionnaires’ disease there since July 1, and one of the cases is associated with the New York City outbreak. The other two are “sporadic cases” with no links to New York City or each other, said spokesman Scott Salotto.

Two days after announcing cooling towers at five more Bronx buildings tested positive for Legionella, de Blasio said another two towers had shown signs of the bacteria — a PATH homeless intake center filled with children and families and the Daughters of Jacob Nursing Home. Disinfection work is ongoing at those sites.

The mayor said the source of the outbreak appears to be one of the five originally identified buildings, all of which have been disinfected, he said. In total, 11 of 39 buildings with the type of cooling towers that may lend themselves to Legionella growth have been found to be contaminated. Results on five buildings are still pending. More than 700 sites were canvassed by city, state and federal officials.

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