Hampton NH resort ordered to address Legionella problem

A close-up shot of Legionella pneumophila bacteria

A close-up shot of Legionella pneumophila bacteria

They should also seek medical treatment if they've been in the Guildford area since August 21.

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria. At this point, officials aren't suggesting at-risk people to avoid Guildford.

"The Health Department will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of Legionella bacteria in the building's water system", officials said.

The results indicate the bacteria at multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system-not just limited to the hot tub spa, according to DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers.

Fraser Health Authority confirmed the "cluster" of cases on Saturday, adding it likely started in Surrey, B.C., a suburb east of Vancouver.




In a statement, the Department of Health says, "Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital". Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and often requires hospitalization. Most people get better with early treatment, although they may need to be hospitalized.

One of them, an elderly man, has died. 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.

Symptoms, which usually show up two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria, include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches.

Officials said symptoms of Legionnaires' are similar to the common cold or flu.

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