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Legionnaires’ bacteria discovered in Bronx apartment building

The New York City Health Department said bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease has been found in the water system of an apartment building in the South Bronx, the Washington Times has reported.

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

Officials said filters would be installed in the building’s apartments to eliminate the bacteria and long-term disinfectant plans were being developed.

Officials reported 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 hospitalised. The previous three were treated and released.

The July outbreak killed 12 people and sickened more than 128.

The outbreak follows the recent discovery of legionella bacteria at the California corrections department that had sickened at least five inmates and left dozens more under observation.

The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.

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