NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — City officials say they have pinpointed the source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx that left 12 people dead.
The Legionella strain found at the historic Opera House Hotel’s rooftop cooling tower matched the strain found in all 25 patients for whom testing is complete, officials announced Thursday.
City officials also declared the outbreak over, saying there have been no new cases since Aug. 3. The incubation period for the disease is two to 10 days.
“Today, I’m happy to declare that the outbreak is over,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said.