NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Preliminary results show the cooling towers of a Bronx housing complex are contaminated with Legionnaires’ disease bacteria, according to the New York City Health Department.
Eight of the 12 recent cases of Legionella bacteria in the borough have been diagnosed among Co-Op City’s residents, the department said.READ MORE: NYC 'Strongly Recommends' Masks In Public Indoor Spaces, As Omicron Variant Reaches North America
Complex manager River Bay Corporation began decontaminating the cooling system on Saturday, the department said. The cooling towers have been shut down for cleaning and chlorination.
“We shut all that down, completely shut it down and filled it with chlorine. We’re taking every step the department of health is recommending,” Jeffrey Buss, the co-op’s city attorney, told CBS2’s Weijia Jiang.
The decontamination is expected to take another 8 to 10 days, CBS2 reported.