HAMPTON – According to a statement by the Department of Health and Human Services (Department of Public Health Services) of the US Department of Health New Hampshire, four people in Hampton are suffering from Legionnaire's disease.
According to NHDHHS officials, the four alleged Legionella acquired in late July or early August in the Ashworth Avenue area, between Island Path and H Street in Hampton. The DPHS is investigating possible additional cases.
DPHS also investigates the source of these infections, which is usually caused by the inhalation of aerosol droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria. Such sources may include showers, whirlpools, faucets, cooling towers, manure devices and decorative fountains. It is not spread by drinking or swimming water.
Those who have an increased risk of serious illness by Legionella should postpone their visit to Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton, DPHS said.
Legionella pneumonia or Legionnaire's disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria. Most people who are exposed to Legionella do not get sick, but can cause serious illness and sometimes death. The symptoms are similar to other types of pneumonia and may include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches.
For more information, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/ [1