Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Hampton Beach N.H

Hampton Beach N.H

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

New Hampshire health officials have identified two more people who have confirmed cases of Legionnaire's Disease in Hampton, New Hampshire, bringing the number of cases to 14, one which proved to be fatal.

Legionnaire's disease is a bacterial pneumonia spread by inhaling droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria.

The New York City Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a Kingsbridge NYCHA building.

It says public health officials are now trying to track down the source of the bacteria. Those 12 people with confirmed cases in Hampton likely acquired their infections from early June to mid-August.

Test results from other locations in the affected area are still pending.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services reported previously that there was one death. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming).

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

The hot tubs no longer present a potential risk to the public and both hotels remain open.

A cautionary warning has been issued to the people most at risk of contracting the disease to stay away from this area.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease include cough, shortness of breath, fever, and muscle aches.

Resident can still use and drink their water, but those with a higher risk of getting the disease are advised to take extra steps.

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