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CDC Responds to Engel Regarding Legionnaires' Cases in Co-op City

CDC Responds to Engel Regarding Legionnaires’ Cases in Co-op City

In a letter dated May 8, 2018, Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the CDC is working in conjunction with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to address the most recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been reported in the Co-op City section of the Bronx.

The letter, written in response to inquiries from Congressman Eliot Engel, says DOHMH, which is heading up the investigation, is looking into the three cases of Legionnaires’ by checking the internal plumbing of the building affected, and “out of an abundance of caution” sampling the building’s internal water supply.

“An abundance of caution is the only way to handle something like this, so I am encouraged to hear that’s the track being taken with this very serious issue,” said Congressman Engel. “Though the CDC has made clear that DOHMH is carrying out the investigation, they have assured me that they are in close communication with the city, and stand ready to assist if needed. I will remain in contact with officials at both the federal and local level to ensure this is handled quickly and appropriately.”