Emergency Health Issues Plague NYC
How do you get legionnaires disease?
By David Greene
HEALTH- Emergency Health issues continue to plague NYC and Bronx health officials are taking action. Montefiore Hospital has closed its doors and is now screening patients for measles before they enter the hospital.
Medical professionals and elected officials are rushing to the front lines of the current health threats facing Bronxites.
On May 3, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., sponsored a public meeting on preventing Legionnaires’ Disease.
Joining Diaz was Tonya Winders, CEO of the Allergy and Asthma Network and Dr. Purvi Parikh, of the New York University School of Medicine.
Outbreaks of the water-borne illness Legionnaires were reported at the New York City Housing Authorities’ (NYCHA) Bronx River Houses in February and at the Fort Independence Houses in September.
Meanwhile, Montefiore Hospital recently closed its East Gun Hill Road entrance to control the flow of patients visiting the emergency room, and are now screening patients for measles.
The New York City Department of Health’s most recent statistics reports 466 confirmed cases, mostly in Brooklyn. However, the borough reported its first case– somewhere in the Hunts Point, Longwood or Melrose areas.