State Officials Test for Legionnaire’s Bacteria After New York City’s Worst Outbreak

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 8 said a force of 150 people would be deployed to the Bronx, where the city has seen its worst outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in history, a result of contaminated water. The bacteria killed 10 people and has left 91 hospitalized.
Cuomo’s office said the US Centers for Disease Control would be joining the effort, involving testing at Montefiore Medical Center (shown in the video) and at Roberto Clemente state park.

Cuomo Deploys 150 Officials to Facilitate Testing for Legionella Bacteria in the Bronx


Governor Andrew Cuomo today dispatched approximately 150 trained officials and support staff in the Bronx to facilitate widespread testing for Legionella bacteria in water tower cooling systems.

The officials are led by the State Department of Health, and testing is being done in close coordination with the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.