New York City Department of Health is currently investigating two residents at Fort Independence Houses, a NYCHA development, who were diagnosed with Legionnaires.
One of the residents tested positive recently while the other was within the past 12 months.
The Bronx, sadly, isn’t a stranger to such infections as our borough saw the largest outbreak in 2015 of the disease in New York City history when dozens of individuals died in the South Bronx.
During that outbreak health officials insisted that the culprit were cooling towers and not the drinking water supply despite evidence showing that some of the victims homes faucets tested positive for the deadly bacteria.
It’s important to know that legionnaires is not transmitted from person to person.
Earlier this year it was reported that 3 individuals in Co-op City also contracted legionnaires leaving one dead and over at Jacobi Hospital, its drinking water supply tested positive for it.