NH Hotel Ordered To Take ‘Immediate Steps’ After Legionnaires’ Outbreak

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

Benjamin Chan, right, sits as part of a panel of state health officials in Hampton, N.H., in August after the discovery of several cases of Legionnaire's disease.

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 state announced the Legionnaires' Disease "cluster" last weekend with four initial cases.

According to the New Hampshire HHS, one person has died and 14 have become sick in the outbreak.

As a precautionary measure, DPHS has closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel because hot tub spas, in general, are a known source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's.

NYCHA began testing the water supply at the complex about two weeks ago. Public health officials plan to provide an update on the outbreak on Tuesday.

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Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling contaminated water vapor, but it is not contagious between people.

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

Officials wouldn't release details about the fatality, but did say the individual was elderly.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea.

According to reports, Legionella bacteria was found in a hot tub, water heater and shower heads at The Sands Resort on 32 Ashworth Ave.by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency noted the illness is underreported and there may have been more cases. There is no vaccine. Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

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