New Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City sickens at least 7

Seven people in New York City have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, just months after an unrelated outbreak killed 12 people.

The New York City Department of Health said in a statement on Monday that all seven patients live or work in the Morris Park section of the Bronx and range in age between 45 and 75. All remain hospitalized.

"We are investigating a cluster of seven cases of Legionnaires' disease in Morris Park," NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said in a statement. "I urge all New Yorkers to seek care immediately if they have flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, headache, or difficulty breathing. The Department is taking immediate steps to determine the source and protect the people who live and work in Morris Park."

The city health department said the first case was reported on September 21, though the case was not publicly disclosed until Monday. Environmental scientists began visiting area cooling towers on Saturday and have been taking samples in an attempt to locate the source of the outbreak.

The new outbreak comes less than two months after the city announced an end to a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the South Bronx, which was attributed to Legionella bacteria that was found in the cooling tower of the Opera House Hotel. The summer outbreak, which does not appear to have a connection to the new outbreak, killed 12 people and sickened 115 others.

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