NYC Council Passes Legionnaire’s Bill

NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York City Council on Thursday unanimously passed new measures to combat the spread of Legionnaires’ Disease.

The council voted 42-0, along with some abstentions, to require inspections and cleanings of cooling towers, which are believed to have housed legionella bacteria in the Bronx that led to the largest outbreak of the disease in city history.

Meanwhile, days after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared the disease “contained,” three more sites in the Bronx have tested positive for the bacteria.

New York City health officials said Wednesday that a total of 20 sites have tested positive for the bacteria, including 14 in the South Bronx where most of the cases have been centered.

That cluster has killed 12 people and sickened more than 100 others, but officials say there have been no new diagnoses there since Aug. 3.