NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City is taking an unprecedented preventative move after two more deaths have been linked to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
Legislation requiring the regular inspection of cooling towers — the apparent source of legionella bacteria in the Bronx — would be the first of its kind in the country, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
“We are dealing with a new set of realities that we’ve never encountered before in this city,” said Mayor de Blasio. “And as we experience this outbreak we are making a series of changes in the approach that we undertake.”
All cooling towers would have to be registered with the city, and regular testing and cleaning would be required, Sanchez reported.
Anthony Sannazarro works for Highmark, a company that installs and maintains cooling towers throughout the Tri-State Area. He told CBS2’s Jessica Schneider the regulations are long overdue.
“Obviously, there are some issues where if the unit isn’t maintained properly, then issues like this can arise,” Sannazarro said.