referring to A tenant at 750 Grand Concourse got sick from an illness called leptospirosis, a rare disease transmitted by rat urine.
“They’re only acting now that somebody died, and that’s how I feel,” said Tracey Nelson, who has lived at 750 Grand Concourse for 20 years.
One victim lived at 750 Grand Concourse, while the other two worked at a nearby small business, according to the Health Department.
Much of the rodent problem at 750 Grand Concourse appeared to be concentrated in the building’s basement, which smelled rancid, as if garbage had been left in it for weeks.
However, tenant Sharon Green, who has lived at 750 Grand Concourse for 10 years, said she was still unclear about what exactly the Health Department was doing to improve their building.
referring to Rat-Related Disease Kills 1, Bronx Residents Angered By InfestationA neighborhood in the Bronx is being targeted by New York City health department officials after one person died and two others became severely ill from contracting a rare Disease transmitted by rats.
At an emergency meeting Wednesday night, angry residents spoke out against city officials and the building’s owner.
City officials say efforts to control the rat population have been stepped up — including better garbage control and extermination.
During a news conference Wednesday night, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it is a rare infection.
We will not rest until we’ve exhausted every measure to ensure the health and safety of these residents.”
Rare Disease Strikes a Bronx Area All Too Familiar With Rats
While the disease might be rare, for residents in the area, the exposure to rats is nothing new.
The Department of Buildings alone has some two dozen open violations against the property, said Rick Chandler, the department commissioner.
She added: “A year ago, there were about 300 open violations.
Advertisement Continue reading the main story Last month, the family came home to find the refrigerator door ajar and rats crawling everywhere.
“There are open violations on this building,” she said.
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