One person has died and 13 others have been infected with Legionnaires' disease in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, the Health Department reported today.

The agency says that each case developed prior to September 21st, and that all had underlying health conditions prior to diagnosis. Of the 35 cooling towers tested by the city over the weekend, 15 were reported positive. This outbreak is unrelated to the one that erupted in the city over the summer.

Legionnaires' was found in the following locations:

  • 2725 East Tremont - Chase Bank
  • 1740 Eastchester Road - Calvary Hospital
  • 2964 East Tremont - Lehman High School
  • 1500 Waters Place - Bronx State Psychiatric
  • 1199 Sackett Ave - Einstein College
  • 1845 Eastchester Road - Einstein College
  • 1301 Morriss Park Ave - Einstein College
  • 1250 Morris Park Ave - Einstein College
  • 1865 Eastchester Road - Einstein College
  • 1925-1935 Eastchester Road - Einstein College

NYC typically gets around 200 or 300 cases of Legionnaires' each year. In general, it's treatable with antibiotics, and it can't be spread from person to person. Those most at risk for the disease are people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, and those with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems. The city's water supply is unaffected.

A townhall meeting to discuss the outbreak will be held tomorrow at 8 p.m. at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue.