2015 was the worst year on record in the U.S. for new diagnoses of Legionnaires’ disease, when 133 residents of the Bronx, New York, contracted the disease and 16 died. More than two years later, New York has posted a record number of cases and a significantly higher rate of the disease than any other state in the country.
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Update: Source of New York Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Identified
August 15, 2018 – A housing complex in Manhattan has been identified as the likely source of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 27 people in Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights, including one person who died, according to CBS New York. Officials said Legionella bacteria from the cooling tower matched strains from patients.
What’s the problem?
July 10, 2018 – In the 2015 crisis, emergency regulations were put into place to address the threat, according to the Alliance To Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease (APLD). More than 2 years later, New York has seen a record number of legionella cases and a significantly higher rate of the disease than any other state in the U.S. per capita.
“Unfortunately we continue to see cases of Legionnaires’ disease climb in New York,” said APLD Spokesperson Daryn Cline. “This is especially troubling since New York is holding itself out as the leader in Legionnaires’ disease prevention. The truth of the matter is their emphasis on water management inside the building has not had an impact on decreasing the rate of disease.”
New York was leading the U.S. again with 1,009 cases reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—a 38% increase compared to 2016. Statewide, New York City recorded 441 cases—a 65% increase over 2016. In fact, New York City’s 2017 case total outpaced 2015—the year of the worst outbreak in New York City’s history.
“These continuous increases are exactly why more resources must be dedicated to better understand the relationship between waterborne pathogens such as Legionella and our public water supply and distribution system,” said Tonya Winders, President and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network, and APLD member. “The fact remains that water containing Legionella bacteria from the public water supply is entering homes and buildings, and—as a result—people are getting sick. Some are dying.”
The Alliance has been a fundamental component of New York’s response to preventing cases of Legionnaires’ since regulations were first enforced after the 2015 Bronx outbreak in 2015. The group’s main point is that regulations are too narrowly focused on building equipment and do not address the source problem—Legionella entering buildings from the public water supply and distribution system.
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