Legionnaires Disease Outbreak Reaches 11 People and 1 Fatality

Hampton Beach N.H

Hampton Beach N.H

"They were reported this month in August, but upon investigation, they were deemed not related to the Hampton cases", Nashua public health nurse Flavia Martin said.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria known as Legionella, which is commonly found in the natural environment, including freshwater, groundwater and the soil.

An order has been issued for the hotel to take steps to remove all traces of the Legionella bacteria from the facility. However, people who are elderly, smokers, people with chronic lung conditions, and who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of getting sick.

One person sickened in Nashua contracted the disease out of state and the other didn't have a ties to Hampton. Test results are still pending for environmental samples taken from other locations in the affected area. It can not be transmitted between people, however.

Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services said in a press release, "Even though the information is preliminary, we want to allow the public to make informed decisions about visiting the area and their activities in the area". It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming).

Sands Resort at center of Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. The symptoms show 2 to 10 days after the bacteria exposure.

However, people should watch for symptoms for about two weeks after exposure.

Anyone who's at a higher risk and develops pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor.

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