Seven dead, 86 infected as New York officials identify and disinfect cooling towers filled with Legionnaires bacteria

Legionella risk assessment

The Washington Post USA (http://tinyurl.com/ofmzeme) reports that so far the New York city Legionella outbreak has claimed the lives of seven (7) people, and eighty six (86) people are sick after contracting Legionairres’ Disease, probably from an infected cooling towers.

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Update 20 August 2015

Since the original reports regarding the New York City Legionella outbreak report above, the death toll has risen to twelve (12) people, with more than 100+ diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease.

During the course of the outbreak it transpired that New York City USA, lagged behind Hong Kong, with administrators having no legislative powers for monitoring and enforcing cooling tower operations, that changed on 19 August 2015 when the NY Mayor pushed through legislation [link] requiring improved cooling tower operation and maintenance.

During the course of this legionella outbreak apparently five (5) cooling towers were discovered with Legionella contamination, although the precise source of this outbreak has not been established.