NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Rikers Island inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease this week, but the case is not believed to be related to the South Bronx epidemic.
On Monday, a 63-year-old inmate at the Anna M. Kross Center at the jail complex was diagnosed with Legionnaires’, according to the New York City Department of Corrections.
The patient was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and was treated with antibiotics, the department said, adding that the patient had underlying medical conditions.
Out of an abundance of caution, all six cooling towers at Rikers Island were chemically disinfected, even though they had been disinfected just last month, the DOC said. The DOC has also cleaned all showerheads.