In a follow-up to the Cluster of Legionnaire's Disease at Hampton, NH the Department of Health Services (DPHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services in New Hampshire now reports a total of 12 individuals have been identified with confirmed Legionnaire's disease [1
These 12 people probably acquired their infections between early June and mid-August in the Hampton area, health officials said. One of these 12 people, an elderly adult, has died from complications related to Legionnaire's disease.
DPHS and experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working diligently to identify a potential source of the bacteria and bacteria for possible additional cases of Legionnaires' Disease. The majority of cases stayed or lived on Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street, but may have had other exposures in the area. As a precaution, DPHS has shut down the spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel, as jacuzzi spas are generally a well-known source of the bacteria causing the legionnaire. The hot tubs pose no potential risk to the public, and both hotels remain open.
Persons at higher risk for Legionnaires' Disease (people with weakened immune systems, people taking medications that may weaken their immune system [after a transplant operation or chemotherapy), people with chronic lung disease, current or former smokers, people with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure and people 50 years or older]Should continue to take measures to protect their health, including considering their Relocating visits to the region as they care about their health and talking to their healthcare providers
"We are working hard to identify the exact source of these infections," said Lisa Morris, director of the Department of Public Health Services Information is preliminary, we want to allow the public to make informed decisions about visiting the region and its activities in the region. "
" Federal, state and local authorities work cooperatively and hardworking to address this situation and minimize additional health risks ", explained Govern or Chris Sununu. "Through regular communication and transparency, we ensure that the public receives the most up-to-date information so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families."
Legionnaire's disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. Most people who are exposed to Legionella will not get sick; However, it can cause serious illnesses and sometimes death. Legionnaire's disease is acquired by inhaling small drops of water as they contain bacteria. It can not be handed over from person to person. It can not be contracted by drinking it or coming into contact with water that contains the bacteria (as in swimming).
The symptoms of Legionnaire's disease are very similar to other pneumonia and can be cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle inflammation, pain and headache. Symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days of exposure to the bacteria. However, patients should be alert for symptoms for about two weeks after exposure. People who visited the area more than two weeks ago and did not develop symptoms are not at risk. If a person visits this area and develops symptoms within 14 days of their stay, they should contact their doctor and see a doctor.