NEW YORK — New York City officials say five more buildings in the South Bronx have tested positive for the bacteria that cause the potentially deadly Legionnaires' disease, though there is no sign that anyone has grown ill from the new sites.
Among the buildings are two courthouses, a post office and a high school. All five buildings have already had their cooling towers cleaned and do not appear to pose any danger to locals,
Ten people have died in the largest Legionnaires' outbreak in city history. Seven more reported cases of the disease have been reported in New York, bringing the total to 108, though officials express confidence that the outbreak is subsiding.
The South Bronx remains ground zero for the outbreak. Health officials believe the people who have grown ill were exposed at one of five buildings where bacteria was originally detected in their cooling towers.
The disease is a form of pneumonia caused by breathing in mist contaminated with the Legionella bacteria and is considered particularly dangerous for the elderly and for people with underlying health issues.
Earlier this week, a University Hospitals spokesperson said a 53-year-old Brunswick woman died Thursday morning after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
No further details are available in her death or how she acquired the disease.
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