NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The death toll in the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx has risen to four people.
New York City officials said Saturday all four who died were older adults and had additional, underlying medical problems.
The number of cases since the outbreak began on July 10 has also risen with a total of 65 confirmed cases — up from 57 on Friday, CBS2 Dave Carlin reported.
Most of the cases have been reported in Highbridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven.
“Scary,” said Bronx resident Marlana Matthews. “I have a little one to have to worry about and take precautions I didn’t know was so close to home though.”
Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Jay Varma tells WCBS 880’s Jim Smith they are doing the detective work to find the source and they’ve located at five infected building cooler towers.