Legionnaires’ Disease Kills 1 Uptown

The latest major outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Washington Heights has become deadly, city health officials said Wednesday.

One person died Wednesday in relation to an outbreak of the bacterial disease that is being traced back to late September, New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot told reporters on a conference call. The outbreak has sickened a total of 16 people, seven of whom are still hospitalized, Barbot said to Patch.

Health officials declined to answer any questions about the person who died due to privacy concerns.

City health officials have tested the cooling towers of 20 buildings in Washington Heights for signs of the Legionella bacteria, Barbot said. Preliminary test results at 11 buildings prompted officials to order the buildings to conduct biocide remediation. Preliminary results may indicate the presence of either dead bacteria or bacteria growth.

Complete test results will take at least two weeks to process, Barbot said Wednesday. Buildings, where the growth of Legionella bacteria is found, will be ordered to conduct a full cleaning and disinfecting of cooling towers.

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Please check back this article will be updated. Call 311 if you have any signs of Legionnaires’ Disease.

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