Investigating Cluster of Legionnaires' Disease in Morris Park, Bronx

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Good Afternoon AWS Service Providers,

The Advance Warning System (AWS) disseminates information to people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs through their service providers. Please share the important information below with your clients and other agencies or individuals to empower them to make informed decisions.

The Health Department is currently investigating a cluster of seven Legionnaires' disease cases in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. This cluster is *unrelated* to the outbreak in the South Bronx this summer that was attributed to Legionella found in the cooling tower of the Opera House Hotel. Read the press release from the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene for more information:

Groups at high risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older - especially cigarette smokers - people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs). Additional information and frequently asked questions about Legionnaires' disease can be found by visiting or calling 311. Click here to access frequently asked questions. They are also available in Spanish by clicking here.

NYCEM Human Services Unit:

Human Services ESF List email distribution list (sends to all listed below):

Christopher Pagnotta
Advance Warning/Community Outreach Specialist
Cell: 347-578-1485

Johanna Conroy
Director of Human Services
Cell: 917-662-3295

Jay Brandt
Deputy Director, Human Services
Cell: 646-596-3147

Marianne Jackson
Special Needs Liaison
Cell: 646-879-7232

Eli Fresquez
Senior Human Services DAFN Planner
Cell: 347-386-0389

Cynthia Barton
Disaster Housing Recovery Program Manager
Cell: 917-468-2768

Jonas Ballreich
Human Services Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Cell: 347-374-1058

Marnie Suss
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 917-468-1728

Annette Santiago
Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources
Cell: 347-534-7028

Sonia Ajwani
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7684

Elizabeth Angeles
Human Services Emergency Support Function Coordinator
Cell: 646-628-7754

September 28, 2015