Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak


Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak

The two Nashua residents who fell ill have no connection to the string of Legionnaires' cases in Hampton, said Jake Leon, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

The NH DHHS says tests carried about by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC "detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including but not limited hot tub spa".

Legionnaires' is a type of bacterial pneumonia that is contracted by breathing in small droplets of water in the air which contain the Legionella bacteria.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning. "The Department of Health will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of legionella bacteria in the building's water system".

"It's just a coincidence", said Leon, adding that New Hampshire sees an average of 30 to 35 cases of Legionnaires' disease annually.

Three people outside Vancouver have been hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can last for months.

At least a dozen people were sickened from the disease; one elderly person died.

It says public health officials are now trying to track down the source of the bacteria.

Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers".

Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaires' disease.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. It can not be passed from person to person contact and it can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria.



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