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
MAP: Where are people catching Legionnaires' disease?
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