FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 031-15
Monday, August 10, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Christopher Miller/Veronica Lewin (347) 396-4177
Today, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Zucker gave an update on the outbreak Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx. All testing is done by a single laboratory run by the State of New York and the Wadsworth Laboratory located in Albany, and as such all information is uniform and coordinated.
As of today, a total of 11 sites have tested positive for legionella within the impact zone. Additionally, 4 sites have previously tested positive for legionella outside of the impact zone that are not necessarily related to the outbreak in the South Bronx.
Today an additional 3 sites have tested positive for legionella that were identified as a result of testing done by the State over the weekend outside the impact zone and not necessarily related to the outbreak in the South Bronx.
In combination, to date a total of 18 sites have been identified inside and outside of the impact zone.
Regardless of test results, every cooling tower identified in the impact zone has been immediately ordered disinfected and remediated, and any site that has tested positive has been immediately ordered disinfected and remediated.
The following is a list of the sites within the impact zone that have been identified as of today:
The following sites have been identified as testing positive but are outside the impact zone and not necessarily related to the outbreak:
The 3 sites identified by State testing outside of the impact zone identified today will be released shortly.