The illness is not spread person-to-person. It is spread by inhaling mist from contaminated water sources and from drinking improperly treated water. In this outbreak, the cases, all clustered in the South Bronx, have been linked to contaminated cooling towers.
The outbreak spurred the City Council on Thursday to unanimously pass legislation requiring towers to be registered with the city and inspected quarterly.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease include fever, muscle aches, cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and headache. Residents of the South Bronx who have been sick with these symptoms should see a doctor.