Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system, Order issued

Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system, Order issued

Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system, Order issued

The number of Legionnaires' disease cases tied to an outbreak in Hampton, N.H., has risen to 14 while two residents of Nashua, N.H., have also been sickened by the illness, a state public health official said Saturday.

"The Sands Resort will immediately notify current and future guests of the Legionella outbreak and take steps to remediate the premise plumbing system in order to mitigate the risk to the public's health", DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers said in a statement.

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According to the New Hampshire HHS, one person has died and 14 have become sick in the outbreak.

Fraser Health doesn't say how many people are affected, but says it is looking into the source of a cluster of cases in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood.


Most cases of Legionnaires' disease can be traced to plumbing systems where conditions are favorable for Legionella growth, such as cooling towers, whirlpool spas, hot tubs, humidifiers, hot water tanks, and evaporative condensers of large air-conditioning systems.

The illness, caused by the Legionella bacteria, can lead to pneumonia in people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

"Early test results from the CDC indicate the presence of the Legionella bacteria in several environmental samples taken from the facility's water system". It can not be passed from person to person contact. 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 include fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and resemble symptoms often found in cases of pneumonia. People are advised to observe the exposure for 2 weeks before taking other steps.

The disease can not be spread through person-to-person contact, nor by drinking contaminated water.

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