'Cluster' of Legionnaires' disease cases reported in B.C.: health authorities

'Cluster' of Legionnaires' disease cases reported in B.C.: health authorities

'Cluster' of Legionnaires' disease cases reported in B.C.: health authorities

The risk to the public is low but state and local health experts agree this is an unusually high number of cases for New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has identified the source of the deadly Legionnaires' outbreak as the Sands Resort at 32 Ashworth Avenue in Hampton Beach. "The Health Department will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of Legionella bacteria in the building's water system", officials said.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria found in water that can enter the lungs if the water is aerosolized and inhaled.

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These 12 people likely acquired their infections between early June and mid-August in Hampton, NH.

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Samples collected have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control laboratory in Atlanta.

As a precautionary measure, DPHS has closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel because hot tub spas, in general, are a known source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's.

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. However, individuals who are at a higher risk of the disease should continue to take steps to protect their health, which includes postponing a visit to the area if they are concerned about their health.

Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming).

Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease include cough, shortness of breath, fever, and muscle aches. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria, such as during swimming, for example.

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