New York Officials Move to Regulate Towers Tied to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

August 4, 2015 4:46 PM

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New York Officials Move to Regulate Towers Tied to Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

The number of people sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx climbed to 86 on Tuesday, as city officials outlined legislation that would tighten the regulation of water-cooling towers, which are thought to be the source of the cluster of cases.

It is the largest outbreak of the disease in New York City that health officials are aware of, said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the health commissioner, speaking at a news conference alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio and other top officials.

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