Investigation Into Harlem Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Closed

Harlem Hospital has been identified as a source of the outbreak, the city said. A total of 18 people were hospitalised from the disease.

HARLEM, NY — An investigation into the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that emerged in Harlem last month is now over, according to the NYC Department of Health.

No new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in the neighbourhood for four weeks and the cooling towers in the affected areas have completed disinfection, city health officials confirmed Wednesday.

City health officials said there were 18 cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with this cluster. All 18 people were hospitalised and 16 have been discharged. There have been no deaths.

According to the city’s health department, its public health laboratory analysed sputum samples from patients and water samples from the cooling towers in the investigation area. The bacteria from one of the specimens matched a cooling tower at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem.

All facilities with cooling towers in the cluster area fully cooperated with the health department and those with Legionella positive results completed full cleaning and disinfection as directed, city health officials said.

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