NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was in town on Friday to meet with state and city officials regarding an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
“We need all hands on deck, and getting help from the CDC is a huge step in combating this disease that is hurting the South Bronx,” Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said in a statement.
New York State on Saturday will also send out health teams to perform more tests on cooling towers, as WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.
“Tomorrow we are starting a massive testing effort in that immediate vicinity where we will actually have a coordinated testing program where we will send people out to test these cooling towers,” Cuomo said.
Meanwhile Friday, a Legionnaires’ case has also been reported in Rockland County.
Around 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Chromalloy gas turbine engine manufacturing and repair service in Orangeburg learned that an employee at its facility was diagnosed with Legionnaires’, according to a news release.
It was not clear whether the employee was exposed to Legionella bacteria at the Chromalloy facility, but the company has begun working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and consultants to take action, the release said.
The Chromalloy facility has been shut down as a precaution, and a biocide will be injected into the cooling towers at the facility to destroy any bacteria if they exist. Tests will be conducted on Monday.