Construction lights in the home of a woman who died after contracting tuberculosis in a construction site were replaced by a high-tech, 3-D-printed version.
The home of the 61-year-old, who had not been seen since March, was the subject of a public health investigation after the Department of Public Health was alerted to a high risk for transmission.
The woman, who lived in a condominium complex in New York City, contracted TB while working in a temporary structure in the Queens borough of New York, according to a news release from the Department’s Office of Inspector General.
The man who lived with her was unaware of her death until it was announced by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who pledged a $1 million reward for information leading to her arrest.
In a statement released Tuesday, de Blasio said the new, 3D-printed versions were made in the city and were tested for TB, and the first tests were positive.
“It’s important that we get a high degree of confidence that the new version of the home is safe, and we’re working closely with the New York Department of Health to make sure that our community stays safe,” de Blasio’s statement said.
“We want to reassure residents that they will continue to be cared for and protected in their homes and communities.”
“I think that the public health community should be commended for taking such an important step,” said the man who lives in the condominium where the woman lived.
“I think we should be doing it for all New Yorkers.”
The Department of New Jersey said the installation of a new home and the installation and testing of the 3-d-printed versions of the building were part of a comprehensive effort to protect New Yorkers from tuberculosis.
The department said the first test of the three new versions came back positive on March 31, and testing came back negative on May 2.
“As part of the ongoing health and safety review, it was determined that the first and second test results were not consistent with each other, and therefore, they were not positive,” the department said in a statement.
“The third test, which was positive, indicated that the testing was positive.”
The man who was the first person to notice the elevated risk for TB at the construction site was not immediately identified.
His condition has not been released.