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7 Dead in Bronx Legionnaires’ Outbreak

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(NEW YORK) — Seven people have now died from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Bronx.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, seven people have now died from the Bronx Legionnaires’ disease outbreak with 81 reported cases so far.

The seven people who died from the disease were older and had preexisting medical conditions.

A statement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said the city’s drinking water supply was safe throughout the city and was unaffected by legionella. It also said water towers were unaffected as well as home air conditioner units.

The statement also said the DOHMH would continue to monitor for new cases by conducting epidemiological investigations, interviewing individuals reported with Legionnaires’ disease, and more.

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