NH officials: 2 more Legionnaires’ cases reported

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

They're not exactly calling it an outbreak, but two people have reportedly contracted Legionnaires' disease at Fort Independence Houses, continuing what seems to be a growing epidemic of the bacteria popping up in various NY facilities over the past year.

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria.

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.

"Early test results from the CDC indicate the presence of the Legionella bacteria in several environmental samples taken from the facility's water system".

In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria.

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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.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming).

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

In a statement, the Department of Health says, "Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital".

The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business.

The organization is urging anyone in Surrey experiencing fever, fatigue, cough, or shortness of breath to seek medical attention. Symptoms will usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. However, individuals who are at a higher risk of the disease should continue to take steps to protect their health, which includes postponing a visit to the area if they are concerned about their health.

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