Officials investigating ‘cluster’ of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Surrey

Alicia Farmer
September 4, 2018

A hotel in Hampton, N.H., has been ordered to take action after the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease was detected in the hot tub, water heater, and shower and sink heads of three rooms, state health officials said Sunday.

The Health Department is now investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a residential building in the Bronx, officials told PIX11 News on Saturday.

New Hampshire averages about 32 cases of Legionnaires' disease each year. Others have died from complications of the disease.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services reported previously that there was one death.

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The DHHS says there may be additional test results for samples taken from Sands Resort within the next week. There are 200 to 500 cases of the disease in New York City annually.

Legionella bacteria are found in soil and natural water sources, but can grow in air conditioning, swimming pool and plumbing systems.

It can lead to pneumonia, but is not contagious, officials said. They said such symptoms are more of a cause for concern for anyone who has been in an area where they might have been exposed. 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. Managers of both resorts agreed to voluntarily close those spas, state health officials announced on Thursday.

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