Three additional buildings in the South Bronx test positive for Legionnaires’ bacteria

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Stylized view of Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria which causes Legionnaires' disease. (Photo: Getty Images)

SOUTH BRONX — Three additional buildings in the South Bronx have tested positive for bacteria found in Legionnaires’ disease, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported.

Results of samples of the water distribution system at all nine Melrose Houses buildings were released Friday after the water system at 681 Courtlandt Ave. tested positive on Wednesday.

Four of the buildings have tested positive for Legionella pneumophilia bacteria. Samples for the remaining five buildings in the complex have tested negative.

For the remaining three buildings with any preliminary positive result, NYCHA will shut off hot water at the building and install Copper-Silver ionizers that eliminate the bacteria.

Hot water service will be restored as soon as the ionizers are installed.

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.