By Zoe Greenberg
The New York Times
July 17, 2018
One person has died in connection with a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Upper Manhattan, city health officials said on Tuesday.
The city declined to release the name of the person who died, but said he or she was over 50 years old and had risk factors for Legionnaires’ disease. Common risk factors include heavy cigarette smoking, chronic lung disease and a weakened immune system.
“This case was not caught early,” said Mark Levine, a City Council member who represents the area and who had been briefed by the city. He added that the person had died in the last week.
In total, 18 people have been sickened in the area. City officials said the cluster of cases was found between 145th and 165th streets.