Legionnaires’ outbreak in NYC claims 8th life; 97 ill

Legionnaires’ outbreak in NYC claims 8th life; 97 ill

An additional death is being linked to the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in New York City that has sickened 97 people in the last three weeks, health officials said Wednesday.

That brings the death toll to eight in the outbreak, clustered in the Bronx. In total, 97 cases of the disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the south Bronx since July 10, city officials said in a statement Wednesday.

That marks 11 new cases since the last update from the city Tuesday, and 51 new cases since last Wednesday, when health officials first discussed the outbreak.

The Department of Health and Mental Health said those who died were older adults and had additional underlying medical problems.

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