NH hotel told to fix Legionella bacteria problem, notify guests

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Surrey

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 Health Department will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of Legionella bacteria in the building's water system", officials said.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning.

"Hot tubs are a known source for this bacteria because they contain warm water which allows the bacteria to grow and amplify because there are jets which can disperse the water and aerosolize it", said Chan.

"It's just a coincidence", said Leon, adding that New Hampshire sees an average of 30 to 35 cases of Legionnaires' disease annually. Legionella is commonly found in the environment, particularly in freshwater, groundwater, and soil.

At least a dozen people were sickened from the disease; one elderly person died.

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The Centers for Disease Control is assisting state health officials in confirming the source of the outbreak.

Three people outside Vancouver have been hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia that can last for months.

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. It can not be passed from person to person contact.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath.

Another disease which has made its presence felt for quite some time in the United States is the one caused due to West Nile virus, which has resulted in around a dozen communities in Boston-area being listed as high-risk, after a fourth-case of the virus was discovered.

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