Death toll reaches 3 in New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak
Another person has died from Legionnaires' disease in New York City as the death toll from the outbreak has reached three, the York City Department of Health told Sputnik.
The total amount of infected people has reached 57, the Department of Health confirmed.
On July 10, 2015, the first cases of people that have contracted the Legionnaires' disease were reported. The disease is transmitted through fine mist.
The outbreak is localized in the South Bronx area of the city, where officials are flushing water towers with fresh water in order to reduce potential exposure.
On Thursday, the New York City Health Department announced it is interviewing patients and reviewing records to determine whether cases share a common exposure.
The city officials underscored that New York's water supply remains intact and most residents are not at risk of contracting the disease.
New York Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said on Thursday that the disease is very treatable with common antibiotics.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends New Yorkers who experience symptoms as such as fever, cough, chills and muscle aches should to seek medical help immediately.