An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which is spread through water droplets contaminated with Legionella bacteria, shown above, has killed 10 people in New York City, the International Business Times has reported.
All city buildings with cooling towers must inspect and disinfect them within 14 days, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered Thursday.
Owners, operators and managers of private buildings with cooling towers or units could get free testing for Legionella bacteria through October.
The testing would be conducted at the New York State Health Department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory in Albany, New York.
The outbreak has been traced to six New York City sites where cooling towers tested positive for Legionella bacteria.
2015 Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference
The 12th Annual Combatting Legionella & Water Treatment conference will take place on 29-30 September at Aston Villa Park in Birmingham.
A comprehensive and cutting-edge event, the conference ensures engineering and facilities management teams are able to prevent legionella bacteria from developing and comply with water safety regulations.