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Cooling Tower Linked to Legionnaires Outbreak


This week, potentially deadly bacteria Legionella was found in a cooling tower at New York City's 15,000-unit Co-Op City complex, where eight residents have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia, reports the New York Daily News. Management company River Bay Corp started disinfecting the water in its cooling system with chlorine and is paying a chemical treatment company $200k to scrub down the tower—which cools the building's heating and electrical systems—to ensure the bacteria doesn't grow back, the Daily News reports.