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Death reported in new NYC legionella outbreak

A Legionnaires’ disease cluster discovered in the Bronx has killed one person and sickened 12 others just a month after the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City history, Yahoo! News has reported.

The new cluster is centered in the Morris Park neighborhood, more than six miles from the epicenter of the previous South Bronx outbreak that killed 12 people and sickened more than 120 others in July and August. City health officials do not believe they are connected.

The earlier outbreak was traced to legionella bacteria found inside the cooling tower of a Bronx hotel, prompting sweeping new regulations requiring frequent inspection of the city’s cooling towers. All the towers in the Bronx were cleaned in the weeks following the July outbreak.

They are all being cleaned again, officials said. It has not yet been determined which tower – or towers – had caused the new round of infection.

The 12th annual Combating Legionella & Water Treatment conference has now taken place, and once again it was a great success.

Thank you to all who attended, our speakers, sponsors and supporters.

If you’d like to attend next year, as well as being kept up to date with all developments as they happen, you can register your interest.

Highlights of the 2015 conference included:

  • essential updates on risk assessment, ACoP L8 and HSG274;
  • balance of science and practical issues to help find solutions to on-site legionella problems; and
  • case studies from commercial, residential, healthcare, leisure, cooling towers packed with practical insight into prevention, risk assessment and treatment of waterborne bacteria.

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