The Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York this August
left 12 dead and 128 infected. Cooling towers in large buildings and hotels contributed to the spread of the treatable, pneumonia-like disease. Outbreaks concentrated in the South Bronx and Harlem, where residents were able to ask law makers and health professionals questions.
The following photos were taken from Aug. 3 to Aug. 18, 2015. More in the Hunts Point Express and Mott Haven Herald .
Taino Towers, El Barrio– Resident questions the safety of Taino Towers to the panel at a Town Hall Meeting. Taino Towers tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease on Aug. 11.
Concourse Village– South Bronx residents gather to discuss Legionnaires’ disease with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Oziris Borbot. Concourse was one of the five original sites of the outbreak, according to DNAInfo.
Taino Towers, El Barrio– Pamphlets with information about Legionnaires’ disease are handed out at the Town Hall Meeting.
Concourse Village, Bronx– “It’s like we’re catching the horse after it’s left the barn. How many cooling towers are in the South Bronx and how many of them have Legionnaires’?” asked Bronx resident Bill Johnson to the panel of health professionals and lawmakers.
Bronx Museum– Residents and cameras at the Town Hall Meeting for Legionnaires’ disease.
Bronx Museum– Residents line up to ask questions to the panel of health professionals and lawmakers.
Blue Room, City Hall– Mayor Bill de Blasio calls on a reporter at a press conference regarding Legionnaires’ disease legislation: buildings are now required to test for the disease lest they face fines and penalties.
Blue Room, City Hall– Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Corey Johnson at a press conference regarding Legionnaires’ disease legislation.