Legionella Bacteria Found in Cooling Towers at 2 Long Island Schools: Officials

A Long Island school district says that Legionella bacteria has been found in the cooling towers at two high schools.

Newsday reports that Smithtown Central School District Superintendent James Grossane said in a statement Wednesday there have been no reports of Legionnaires' disease at any district schools.

The district says the cooling towers at Smithtown East and Smithtown west high schools were brought offline and decontaminated. Officials say they are now back up and "running safely."

The cooling towers were tested following an outbreak of legionellosis in the Bronx, which as of Wednesday has claimed the lives of 13 people since July and sickened more than 100 people exposed to the bacteria.

The state Department of Health issued emergency regulations requiring the testing.

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