Health department, NYCHA meet following Brownsville Legionnaires' cases
The Department of Health is evaluating the water at a Brownsville NYCHA complex after two residents tested positive for Legionnaires'.
One of the cases back in July of last year ended up being fatal. The second case, which took place earlier this month, put one person in the hospital.
Dozens of residents at the Langston Hughes Houses sat front and center for a meeting with the city's health department and NYCHA. The two city agencies gave them updates regarding the discovery of Legionnaires' disease.
Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria that can be found in freshwater environments like hot water tanks, hot tubs - and your building's plumbing system.
Some residents leaving the meeting tell News 12 that it was intense, with residents passionately stating their concerns.
The vice president of NYCHA's property management operations says they're starting testing at building 3, where the disease was contracted. With some residents saying they've been forced to take cold showers as this inspection is underway, they want more to be done.