Health Department investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx

05 September, 2018, 20:36 | Author: Israel Montgomery
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Most people who come in contact with the bacteria will not get sick, although severe illness can occur, sometimes resulting in death, as already seen.

New Hampshire health officials have ordered a Hampton beach hotel to take immediate steps to remove a potentially deadly bacteria from its water system.

The two Nashua residents who fell ill have no connection to the string of Legionnaires' cases in Hampton, said Jake Leon, spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

The history surrounding Legionnaires' is well known, which might explain why many fear even the mention of the disease.

Preliminary results are expected in one to two weeks.

The state plans to give another update Tuesday, after Labor Day.

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Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling contaminated water vapor, but it is not contagious between people. The disease is not contracted through swimming or drinking water.

Officials wouldn't release details about the fatality, but did say the individual was elderly. The symptoms are similar to general pneumonia, which includes cough, fever, headaches, muscle ache, and shortness of breath.

The NH DHHS says tests carried about by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC "detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including but not limited hot tub spa".

Most healthy people who are exposed to the bacteria won't contract the disease, but about 1 in 10 people who contract the infection will die from it, according to the CDC.

"Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital". High risk population includes people over 50 years of age, former and current smokers, people with chronic lung diseases, weak immune systems, as well as other underlying illnesses.

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