NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five more cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed in the Bronx, bringing the total number of reported diagnoses to 86, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
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.
“The peak of this outbreak was on July 30, and we’re seeing reduction over the last few days,” de Blasio said.
One of those hit with the disease is a 40-year-old Ramel Hagins, whose family says lapsed into a coma after contracting the pneumonia-like ailment, CBS2’s Lou Young reported. The New York City Transit worker has since been removed from the critical list.
“He started getting confused and was weak walking,” said his mother, Vivian Edwards.