Legionnaires'-disease-2-homeUSA: Authorities are confident that the legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the South Bronx, which has now claimed seven lives, is due to one or more contaminated cooling towers.

Although no source has been identified, the cooling towers on 17 buildings in the area have so far been tested and five have been found to be contaminated with legionella. These include the cooling towers at a local hospital, a shopping centre, a hotel, a plastics manufacturer and an office block.

So far there have been a total of 81 reported cases of the disease with 64 victims requiring hospital treatment.

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