NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City health officials are monitoring a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in the Bronx.
Officials announced Monday that seven cases have been diagnosed in the Morris Park neighborhood. The patients range in age from 45 to 75 and are all currently hospitalized.
The new cases are not connected to a Legionnaires’ outbreak in the South Bronx last month that claimed 12 lives, officials said. That outbreak, the largest in the city’s history, was traced to Legionella bacteria in the cooling tower of the Opera House Hotel.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, there were questions and concerns on Monday night, as city officials said the exact source of the outbreak was unknown.
“We want to know what’s going to be done about it so that it won’t get widespread,” Mary Martinez said.
Officials said the first case of the new cluster was reported Sept. 21. No fatalities have been reported.
“I urge all New Yorkers to seek care immediately if they have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, or difficulty breathing,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “The department is taking immediate steps to determine the source and protect the people who live and work in Morris Park.”