Two additional cases of Legionnaire's disease have been confirmed in the outbreak in Hampton, NH. If an individual visited this area and developed symptoms within 14 days of their stay, they should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention.
The disease, a form of pneumonia caused by inhaling mist or small drops of water contaminated with Legionella bacteria, can't be spread through person-to-person contact, or by drinking contaminated water.
New Hampshire health officials issued an order to the Sands Resort in Hampton to take immediate steps to remediate the Legionella bacteria at the resort and notify guests of the bacteria.
In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria. Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and often requires hospitalization.
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Every year, there are between 200 and 500 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city, according to health officials.
Legionnaires' disease symptoms are very similar to other types of pneumonia and can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. An elderly person died of complications from the disease, and 12 people have been hospitalized.
Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person.
The Department of Health says that Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and is easily treatable.