(NEW YORK TIMES) Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that New York City building owners would be required to test and disinfect their water-cooling towers within the next two weeks as the city continued to battle an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx.
The mayor’s announcement came as city officials reported that the disease had killed two more people, bringing to 10 the total number of fatalities in the worst Legionnaires’ outbreak in the city’s history. One hundred people have been infected in the South Bronx.
Legionella bacteria, which causes the deadly airborne respiratory disease, has been found in five cooling towers in the South Bronx, though city health officials have not yet determined whether one or more of the towers is directly responsible for the current outbreak.
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