NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – City health officials hosted a town hall meeting in Washington Heights Monday night regarding the latest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in that area.

Fourteen cases have now been reported.

MORE: 8 Legionnaires’ Cases Reported In New Washington Heights Outbreak

The source of the outbreak hasn’t been determined, but health officials say several cooling towers have been scrubbed as a precaution.

“Included in that is the Sugar Hill project tower which was identified as the source of our last outbreak in August, July,” Demetre Daskalakis of the city’s health department said. “We really don’t have evidence that it really is the source so we’re really casting a broad net again.”

The health department says most of the victims are over 50 and have underlying health conditions that reportedly contributed to them contracting Legionnaires’.

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  1. Sarah Dunbar says:

    If it is the Cooling Towers – Cases like this serve as a reminder of the issues with them and how crucial it is to manage the risks they bring. A similar story was reported last year at Disney where they had to close there Cooling Towers due to a case of Legionnaires Disease – https://hubs.ly/H0dVKtS0

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