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Legionnaires' Disease Sickens 14 In Upper Manhattan, 7 Hospitalized

July 14, 2018 - 3:35 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The number of people stricken by an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in upper Manhattan has reached 14, seven of whom had to be hospitalized.

Brad Considine with the Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ explained that New York City leads the nation in Legionaries cases every year.

He explained that the city of New York has a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency that allows for not filtration of the water since it is not at risk for waterborne illnesses.

“The citizens of New York deserve filtration as much as anyone else in the country,” Considine said.

The city’s Department of Health said it is actively investigating the cases but has not yet determined the source of the bacteria.

A spokesman for City Councilman Mark Levine said inspectors took water samples from building between 145th and 155th Streets.

While the city awaits the results from the 20 cooling-tower systems that were sampled, the health department has already treated the towers’ water.

Health officials said the cluster of people infected all live in upper Manhattan and are older than 50.