The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City has climbed to seven, the mayor's office has announced.
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All of the victims ot the outbreak in The Bronx have either been older or had underlying health conditions.
At a community meeting in the borough Monday night at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, city health czar Mary Bassett insisted her agency is on top of the crisis.
" We are taking this very seriously,” she said of the airborne killer that thrives in air conditioners, cooling towers and other devices where there is moisture, like humidifiers.
Update stats from the Health Department report that 81 have come down with the disease and 28 have been treated and released from local hospitals.
Up to 30% of people who catch it die and there are an estimated 8,000 to 18,000 cases a year, federal health officials have said.
Many of the ill in NYC, come from a cluster of buildings in the South Bronx that have been decontaminated, officials said.