Hampton, New Hampshire Legionnaires’ outbreak update

Ben Davidson
September 3, 2018

Our partners at NECN report the order comes just days after 14 people who were in a specific area of Hampton contracted Legionnaire's disease. It often grows and spreads in water systems like cooling towers, decorative fountains, plumbing systems and hot tubs that aren't cleaned properly.

Legionnaire's disease is acquired from breathing in small drops of water than contain the bacteria.

Fraser Health typically sees about six cases per year of Legionnaires' Disease. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016. There are now a total of 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaire's disease associated with Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street in Hampton.

The order was issued after tests conducted by the CDC detected the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

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The disease can cause symptoms similar to pneumonia.

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

Most people don't get sick from exposure, but those with chronic health conditions, the elderly or smokers are more at risk.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. People who visited the area more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for disease.

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