NYC Expects More Legionnaires’ Disease Cases

NEW YORK (AP) -

A New York City health official says it is likely doctors will diagnose more cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx in the coming days, amid an outbreak that has killed four and sickened dozens.

Dr. Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control, said Saturday that people who live or work in South Bronx, where the disease-causing bacteria was found, could be at risk.

“It’s certainly possible and likely that there will be more cases of this disease identified over the next few days,” he said. “And those will be due to people who were exposed to this infection before the cleaning process began.”

City officials have said they inspected 17 cooling towers in the area and found five that tested positive for legionella bacteria. They have all since been cleaned but people may have been exposed before that.