Canada: Legionnaires’ disease cluster investigated in Surrey

The New Hampshire state Department of Health and Human Services is ordering the Sands Resort in Hampton NH to immediately remediate Legionella bacteria found on its premises

Patients can contract Legionnaires' disease, a serious type of pneumonia, when they breathe in small, airborne droplets of water that contain the bacteria, which can grow in a building's water system.

Public health officials are investigating a number of cases of Legionnaires' disease contracted in Surrey, B.C.

An order has been issued for the hotel to take steps to remove all traces of the Legionella bacteria from the facility.

DPHS and experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working diligently to identify a potential source of the bacteria.

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These 12 people likely acquired their infections between early June and mid-August in Hampton, NH.

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.

Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed 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 state announced the Legionnaires' Disease "cluster" last weekend with four initial cases.

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

If you have information or questions about this outbreak, please call the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Public Inquiry Line by calling 603-271-9461.

Symptoms can include cough, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, said Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal. The symptoms show 2 to 10 days after the bacteria exposure.

Resident can still use and drink their water, but those with a higher risk of getting the disease are advised to take extra steps.

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Anyone who's at a higher risk and develops pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor.

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