Hampton NH resort ordered to address Legionella problem

Faith Castro
September 4, 2018

Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

According to the Public Health Service of Canada, Legionnaires' disease, which is not contagious, is caused by exposure to Legionella, a bacteria found naturally in soil and water.

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

This is a serious situation since there are no vaccines that can prevent Legionnaires' disease, which is bacterial pneumonia, caused by the Legionella bacteria. Those 12 people with confirmed cases in Hampton likely acquired their infections from early June to mid-August. An elderly person died of complications from the disease.

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Test results from other locations in the affected area are still pending. It can not be passed from person to person contact and it can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that two additional cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 14.

Anyone who's at a higher risk and develops pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming).

The history surrounding Legionnaires' is well known, which might explain why many fear even the mention of the disease.

Symptoms can include cough, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, said Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal.

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