MAP: Where are people catching Legionnaires' disease?

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Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The four South Bronx neighborhoods where the Legionnaires' disease outbreak is the most prominent are: Highbridge, Morrisania, Mott Haven and Hunts Point.

Locations and Remediation:

- 22 buildings visited in the cluster area and 17 were identified to have cooling towers

- All 17 have been tested and all results have returned

- 5 buildings have tested positive

- Remediation has been completed at all 5 locations

- Lincoln Hospital remediation completed

- Concourse Plaza remediation completed

- Opera House Hotel remediation completed

- Verizon remediation completed

- Streamline Plastic Co. remediation completed

- All sites will submit long-term plans as to how they will maintain the cooling towers to protect against any future growth of Legionella - those plans are due Friday.

- New York City's drinking water supply and other water features, like fountains and pools, are safe throughout New York City and are unaffected by Legionella.

Ongoing DOHMH Actions:

- Continued monitoring for new cases

- Close collaboration with area hospitals

- Disease detectives conducting epidemiological investigation

- Interviews with all individuals reported with Legionnaires' to support source identification

- Providing updates to elected officials and Bronx residents

- Outreach to vulnerable populations - senior centers, homeless shelters, and other locations

- Monitoring of disinfection of affected cooling towers