New York State’s health department has enacted emergency regulations to combat Legionnaires’ disease by requiring building owners to register and test their cooling towers within 30 days, the New York Daily News has reported.
The emergency regulations, crafted jointly by city and state health officials, also require additional inspections every 90 days and immediate disinfection once a culture sample tests positive for the Legionella bacteria.
“This summer’s outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease caused concern in communities across the state, and today we are moving forward to help prevent future outbreaks and keep our neighbourhoods safe,” state governor Andrew Cuomo said.
New York city’s health department hosted a town hall Monday night on the issue.
“Our new emergency regulations will make sure that building owners live up to their responsibilities and provide health officials with critical information to counter the spread of Legionella bacteria,” governer Cuomo added.
Twelve people died in the Bronx outbreak that affected at least 124 individuals.
The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.