Legionnaires: A Disease Caused By Contaminated Water Droplets Found In Hampton

Hampton Beach N.H

Yet, only a small fraction of people get sick from exposure to the Legionella baceria, health department officials said past year, which typically afflicts those who are older, or who have weakened immune systems.

Along with the 12 incidents of Legionnaires' disease at Hampton Beach, including at least one which resulted in death, August saw two confirmed cases of this bacterial pneumonia in Nashua.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria known as Legionella, which is commonly found in the natural environment, including freshwater, groundwater and the soil.

The number of Legionnaires' disease cases tied to an outbreak in Hampton, N.H., has risen to 14 while two residents of Nashua, N.H., have also been sickened by the illness, a state public health official said Saturday. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. The majority of cases stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, between Island Path and M Street, but may have had other exposures in the area.

Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services said in a press release, "Even though the information is preliminary, we want to allow the public to make informed decisions about visiting the area and their activities in the area".

Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaires' disease.

The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business. They can develop pneumonia and symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

The disease can not be spread through person-to-person contact, nor by drinking contaminated water.