Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak

'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Surrey

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. All 14 likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton.

New Hampshire health officials have ordered a Hampton beach hotel to take immediate steps to remove a potentially deadly bacteria from its water system.

The owner of Sands Resort could not be reached for comment yesterday, but in a statement delivered to reporters outside the hotel, ownership questioned tests done by the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control is assisting state health officials in confirming the source of the outbreak.

Another disease which has made its presence felt for quite some time in the USA is the one caused due to West Nile virus, which has resulted in around a dozen communities in Boston-area being listed as high-risk, after a fourth-case of the virus was discovered. One person sickened in Nashua contracted the disease out of state and the other didn't have a ties to Hampton.

Although most people exposed to Legionella will not get sick, it can cause severe illness and sometimes result in death.

Martin said upon interviewing the Nashua patients, health officials determined the cases were not connected to the Hampton outbreak.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea.

Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. High risk population includes people over 50 years of age, former and current smokers, people with chronic lung diseases, weak immune systems, as well as other underlying illnesses.

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

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