A man who spent several days in the hospital after coming down with Legionnaires’ disease has filed a civil lawsuit against the Bronx hotel that has been identified by authorities as the source of the outbreak.
The bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease were found this week at the cooling tower at Riverside High School in Yonkers, the city announced Friday.
The Legionella strain found at the Opera House Hotel cooling tower matched the strain found in patients, officials announced Thursday.
The new law requires landlords to register, inspect and regularly clean cooling towers.
The rules require regular testing for legionella bacteria and owners must immediately disinfect any contaminated towers.
The City Council is expected to vote Thursday on new regulations to force building owners to register and inspect their cooling towers as New York City’s outbreak of Legionnaires’ continues to spread.
More than 150 people packed a town hall meeting in the Bronx as city officials and doctors tried to put them at ease over the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
New York City lawmakers will start debating a bill requiring all cooling towers to be registered and routinely tested after the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
A Rikers Island inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease this week, but the case is not believed to be related to the South Bronx epidemic.
New York City is taking an unprecendented preventative move after two more deaths have been linked to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
The state Health Department began sending out teams to test cooling towers on Saturday.
A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to be in New York City on Friday to meet with state and city officials regarding an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
The testing will be available to all owners, operators, managers and landlords of buildings with cooling towers or evaporative condenser units until October.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea.
The mayor presented the updated figures at a news conference at Lincoln Hospital. In addition to those sickened in the outbreak, officials said seven people have died.