The Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease (APLD) announced earlier this week that more than 1,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease since New York State’s worst recorded outbreak in August of 2015. Despite emergency state and city wide regulations calling for all cooling towers to develop continued maintenance plans and register with health agencies at both state and city levels.
“Unfortunately we continue to see cases of Legionnaires’ disease climb in New York,” said APLD Spokesperson Daryn Cline. “This is especially troubling since New York is holding itself out as the leader in Legionnaires’ disease prevention. The truth of the matter is their emphasis on water management inside the building has not had an impact on decreasing the rate of disease.”
According to their latest report, New York led the nation with 1,009 reported Legionnaires’ cases reported to the Center for Disease Control. Of over a thousand cases reported in the state, nearly half that number, 441 cases were recorded within the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island.
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