City health officials are investigating a spike in Legionnaires’ disease in The Bronx, The Post has learned.
“Providers should consider Legionnaires’ disease when evaluating patients . . . with signs of pneumonia,’’ the Health Department said in an alert to medical providers.
Last month, 11 cases of the disease were reported in The Bronx, the city’s poorest borough, compared to two or three in a typical December.
The Bronx recorded 61 cases of the potentially deadly disease in all of 2014, substantially exceeding the citywide average.
The disease struck 4.3 out of every 100,000 Bronx residents last year, compared to 2.5 per 100,000 citywide, according to the alert.
The rate in the northeast Bronx was even higher — 9.4 per 100,000 residents.