ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City officials say five more buildings in the South Bronx have tested positive for the bacteria that cause the potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease, though there is no sign that anyone has grown ill from the new sites.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference Saturday that the Legionnaires’ disease has been contained.
State health inspectors will continue to test and disinfect the sites where the bacteria has been found, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported.
De Blasio revealed the five sites where the bacteria has been found including a Verizon facility, the Bronx Housing Court, the Bronx Hall of Justice, a soon-to-be decommissioned post office and Samuel Gompers High School.
So far, the outbreak has sickened 108 people and 10 people have died in the South Bronx, CBS2’s Steve Langford reported.
He vows that change is on the way in the aftermath of the deadly outbreak. No new cases have been reported.
The state Health Department began sending out teams to test cooling towers on Saturday and hope to be finished by the end of the weekend.
“As revealed the potential, and I want to emphasize on the potential, the potential grand total of 161 buildings in the area of the South Bronx which is very defined,” de Blasio said. “The good news is this outbreak is clearly tapering off there is still more work to be done.”
CBS2’s Matt Kozar spoke with cab driver Daniel Tejada who is one of more than 100 people who have gotten sick.
“They told my parents a few times that I was on the verge of not making it,” Tejada said.