N.H. Reports First Death from Legionnaires' Disease in Hampton

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

While officials with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services continue their investigation of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak that is associated with the Ashworth Avenue area of Hampton, Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services Director Bobbie Bagley said two cases have popped up in Nashua.

They're not exactly calling it an outbreak, but two people have reportedly contracted Legionnaires' disease at Fort Independence Houses, continuing what seems to be a growing epidemic of the bacteria popping up in various NY facilities over the past year.

The bacteria causes Legionnaire's disease, a type of severe pneumonia.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning.

One of them, an elderly man, has died.

"It's just a coincidence", said Leon, adding that New Hampshire sees an average of 30 to 35 cases of Legionnaires' disease annually. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016. Most people get better with early treatment, although they may need to be hospitalized.

Legionella bacteria are found in soil and natural water sources, but can grow in air conditioning, swimming pool and plumbing systems.

Test results from other locations in the affected area are still pending. The Public Health Service of Canada points out it can not be transmitted between people.

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

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



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