Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system

Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system

Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system

The disease is a form of pneumonia caused by inhaling mist or small drops of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria.

If you have information or questions about this outbreak, please call the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Public Inquiry Line by calling 603-271-9461.

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health will provide another update on the Hampton outbreak on Tuesday.

"What we're trying to identify right now is what that potential source may have been, where they may have contracted the bacteria", Dr. Aamir Bharmal, a health officer with Fraser Health, told CTV Vancouver.

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

The 14 victims are believed to have acquired their infections between early June and mid-August.

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The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business.

NH DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers issued the order after initial tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including, but not limited to the hot tub spa.

Of those Hampton cases, the majority of people stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, although it is possible they may have received other exposures.

Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person. People who take drugs that weaken their immune system, such as chemotherapy, or suffer from underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure, are also at a greater risk.

The disease can not be spread through person-to-person contact, nor by drinking contaminated water. A spokesperson said there have been fewer than 10 cases reported.

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

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