In a statement, the health department said they were "informed of preliminary results of some tests, conducted at the 23rd Precinct station house by an independent contractor on behalf of the PBA, which report to indicate traces of bacteria associated with Legionnaire's disease." The "cooling tower" which supports the building's HVAC systems has been shut down since October of 2016 as part of a renovation project.
A new tower was recently installed in May of 2017, however it has not been activated as of this date.
Adults with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention.
After the outbreak in the South Bronx in 2015, the Health Department announced a comprehensive plan to reduce the risk of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in the city, including implementation of the toughest cooling tower regulations in the nation, the hiring of more inspectors and training of existing City personnel to inspect towers if needed, expanded lab capacity, and faster community notification.
The Department also established a new public notification protocol of Legionnaires’ disease, in which tenants are notified when there are two or more cases reported at a single address in a one-year period.