Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

The New Hampshire state Department of Health and Human Services is ordering the Sands Resort in Hampton NH to immediately remediate Legionella bacteria found on its premises Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem
Melissa Porter | 04 September, 2018, 10:40

Although most people exposed to Legionella will not get sick, it can cause severe illness and sometimes result in death.

Fourteen people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease in Hampton at the end of July or beginning of August, including one person who died.

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria.

Fraser Health typically sees about six cases per year of Legionnaires' Disease.

The bacteria is commonly found in freshwater, groundwater and soil.

In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria.

Sands Resort at center of Legionnaires' disease outbreak.

Of those Hampton cases, the majority of people stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, although it is possible they may have received other exposures.

As a precaution, the DPHS has closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel, though they pointed out the hot tubs no longer present a potential risk to the public and both hotels remain open.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person.

If you have information or questions about this outbreak, please call the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Public Inquiry Line by calling 603-271-9461.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath. The symptoms show 2 to 10 days after the bacteria exposure. People who visited the area more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for the disease.

Resident can still use and drink their water, but those with a higher risk of getting the disease are advised to take extra steps.