Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak

Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak

Legionnaire's disease is a bacterial pneumonia spread by inhaling droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria.

Legionnaire disease has been causing quite havoc in New Hampshire's Hampton, and a fifth case of the outbreak was reported on Monday.

"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.

According to the New Hampshire HHS, one person has died and 14 have become sick in the outbreak. Those 12 people with confirmed cases in Hampton likely acquired their infections from early June to mid-August. 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.

"Federal, state and local authorities are working cooperatively and diligently to address this situation and help mitigate any additional health risks", Gov. Chris Sununu said Thursday.

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.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person. Most people who come in contact with the bacteria will not get sick, although severe illness can occur, sometimes resulting in death, as already seen.

The Department of Health found six of the 13 water tanks at the Saint Nicholas Houses tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. The disease is not contracted through swimming or drinking water.

Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers".

In Nashua, one of the disease victims was afflicted out of state, officials said.

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