Legionnaires' bacteria found in Bronx apartment building

Legionella bacteria (CDC image)
Legionella bacteria (CDC image)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Health Department says bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been found in the water system of an apartment building in the South Bronx.

Health officials released a statement Wednesday saying two other buildings at Melrose Houses have tested negative and test results from five other buildings in the complex are pending.

Officials say filters will be installed in the building's apartments to eliminate the bacteria and long term disinfectant plans are being developed.

Officials report four cases of Legionnaires' at Melrose Houses over the past six months: one earlier this year, two during the July outbreak in the South Bronx, and a recent patient who is currently hospitalized. The previous three were treated and released.

The July outbreak killed 12 people and sickened more than 100.

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