Seven dead, 86 infected as New York officials identify and disinfect cooling towers filled with Legionnaires bacteria

August 4, 2015 9:24 PM

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The death toll from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York grew to seven as investigators identified and disinfected five air-conditioning cooling towers in the South Bronx that tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease.

New Yorkers have been on high alert since July 10 when the outbreak was first identified and have been flooding doctors offices and hospitals with symptoms of fever, cough, chills, muscle aches and other signs of the disease. A type of severe pneumonia, Legionnaires' disease -- which was named after...

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