Legionnaires Disease Update - NYC

Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

On September 28, 2015, DOHMH released the attached Health Alert #38: Legionnaires' Disease Cluster in East Bronx, regarding their current investigation of a Legionnaires’ Disease cluster in the Morris Park Section of the Bronx. Since September 21, seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported to the NYC Health Department in persons who lived in, worked in, or visited the Morris Park neighborhood of the East Bronx. Patients range from 45-75 years in age and have underlying health conditions that place them at increased risk for the disease. This cluster is unrelated to the outbreak in the South Bronx this summer that was attributed to Legionella found in the cooling tower of the Opera House Hotel.

DOHMH has provided Legionnaires’ Disease “Frequently Asked Questions” in English, Spanish, French and Chinese via their website.

Promptly report suspected cases to DOHMH. To report a case and for information about Legionella, please call 866-NYC-DOH1 (1-866-692-3641). You may also report via NYCMED at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/hcp/hcp-urf1.shtml.

Please contact NYC Emergency Management Health & Medical team at HealthMedicalList@oem.nyc.gov with any questions or concerns.

NYSHFA CONTACT:

Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15