South Bronx Legionnaires' disease cluster cases increase to 115 people - Metro US

South Bronx Legionnaires’ disease cluster cases increase to 115 people

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Two more people have been diagnosedLegionnaires’ Diseasein the South Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday afternoon briefing.

That brings the total number of people infected by the legionella in the outbreak zone to 115, The death toll stands at 12.

City and state agencies are monitoring the outbreak in the South Bronx impact zone and beyond.

As of Monday evening, a total of 18 buildings —11 in the impact zone and seven outside the impact zone—according to the city and state health commissioners.

Buildings that tested positive for the pneumonia-causing bacteria, which is spread through the air but is not contagious, include Samuel Gompers High School, the Opera House Hotel, Lincoln Hospital and the Bronx Post Office, according to the health department.

NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said the outbreak appeared to be tapering off on Monday. De Blasio reiterated Tuesday that there hadn’t been any new infections in the Bronx since Aug. 3.

The updated number came a day after de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo held separate press conferences, and gave differing numbers on the number of buildings contaminated with legionella.

The mix-up was later blamed on a missed call State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker placed to Bassett, the New York Times reported.

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