Legionnaires’ bacteria found in water distribution system of South Bronx building

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THE BRONX -- Legionnaires' bacteria has been found in the water distribution system of an apartment building in the South Bronx, the Health Department reports.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYCHA tested the system in the buildings of Melrose Houses on Wednesday.

The water in one of the buildings tested positive on a preliminary test for the presence of Legionella pneumophila bacteria. Two other buildings tested negative and test results are outstanding at five other buildings in the complex.

As a result, NYCHA has shut off hot water at the building that tested positive and will install water filters in every unit to eliminate the bacteria. Hot water service will be restored as soon as filters installed.

Test results at Melrose House are: 681 Cortlandt Avenue tested positive; 304 East 156th Street and 700 Morris Avenue tested negative.

Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and is easily treatable with antibiotics. Adults with flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek immediate medical attention.

There have been four cases of Legionnaires’ at the Melrose Houses in the South Bronx over the past six months with one occurring earlier in the year, two during the recently ended South Bronx outbreak, and this most recent case. Only one patient is currently being hospitalized; the other three previous patients have been treated and released.

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