NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the death toll in the South Bronx Legionnaires’ disease outbreak rose to 10 on Thursday, state officials pledged additional resources to help fight the disease.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker took a walking tour of the Concourse Plaza, one of the contaminated sites, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
“We are doing everything that we can. We have the attention of the city; now we have the attention of the state,” Diaz said.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused when water tainted with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs.
Five buildings in the South Bronx have tested positive for the bacteria since the outbreak began on July 10.
Officials said Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, the Concourse Plaza Mall, the Opera House Hotel, a Verizon office building and the Streamline Plastic Co. have all been decontaminated.