Following an outbreak in South Bronx that caused 124 people to fall ill and caused 12 deaths, state legislature is working on creating laws and regulations that will prevent future outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease. They want to create a standard policy that will ensure buildings are properly inspected for Legionella. Following the outbreak, 18 buildings had contaminated cooling towers which spurned an order to have all the cooling towers in the area disinfected.
Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are working to come up with regulations that will be standardized across all of New York. The state does not currently oversee cooling units in hospitals, nursing homes, or apartments, so the responsibility rests with the building’s owners. Establishing guidelines to test for Legionella will help prevent more outbreaks in the future. To read more, click here.