NH has second Legionnaires' disease outbreak, in Nashua

Hampton Beach N.H

Hampton Beach N.H

While state officials continue their investigation of the 14 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Ashworth Avenue area of Hampton Beach, Nashua health officials said two cases occurred there in August.

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"Most people don't get sick from Legionella, but people who have chronic health conditions or who are elderly or smokers or immune-compromised, they may eventually get a type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' Disease", he said.

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Legionella bacteria are found in soil and natural water sources, but can grow in air conditioning, swimming pool and plumbing systems.

The report came on the same day state health officials raised the number of confirmed cases in Hampton from 12 to 14.

The health department's order is in effect until officials are "satisfied" with remediation steps at the hotel to decrease the transmission of the bacteria to the public.

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

Legionnaires' disease is a treatable using antibiotics for pneumonia. It can not be passed from person to person contact. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. People who visited the area more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for disease.

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