NYC officials to hold Bronx forum on Legionnaires’ outbreak

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NEW YORK— New York City officials are holding a town hall discussion with health experts on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Bronx that has killed four people and sickened dozens.

Health officials say there have been 71 reported cases of people with the disease and 55 have been hospitalized. They say 25 people have been treated and discharged.

The legionella bacteria were discovered Friday at the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx. The bacteria had previously been found in equipment at a hospital.

Legionnaires' disease is caused when water tainted with a certain bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. There have been 2,400 cases nationwide this year.

Monday night's meeting is being held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.