Source: https://cooperator.com, July 16, 2018
By: David Chiu
Among the flu-like symptoms of Legionnaire’s include fever, cough, chills and muscle aches; others may include headaches and diarrhea. Those with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Cooling towers in buildings had been attributed to an outbreak of Legionnaire’s that occurred in the South Bronx in 2015. It prompted the city to mandate that all building owners register and test their cooling towers, fluid coolers, and evaporative condensers. (Registration can be done online here). Building owners are also required to file an annual certification that proves that the cooling equipment was inspected, tested, and cleaned, and disinfected under the Maintenance Program and Plan.
“Most cases of Legionnaires’ disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems,” said the department.
Lorenzo McGougan, a 60-year-old Washington Heights resident, said he reported his case of Legionnaire’s to the Department of Health last May. At a recent community meeting, he asked officials on why there was no inspection of his building’s cooling towers. “It almost killed me,” McGougan told CBS2 News. “Believe me, I was near there. I’ve never been sick in my life.”