Legionella bacteria detected in Sands Resort water system

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

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

Fraser Health doesn't say how many people are affected, but says it is looking into the source of a cluster of cases in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood.

The risk to the public is low but state and local health experts agree this is an unusually high number of cases for New Hampshire.

In a statement sent to reporters Sunday night, Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers said: "Early test results from the CDC indicate the presence of the Legionella bacteria in several environmental samples taken from the facility's water system".

State officials say one person has died from Legionnaires' Disease as an outbreak in Hampton continues to grow.

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. All 14 likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton.

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

The Sands went on to say that the CDC also tested "at least five or six" other properties on the beach after the hotel, and "those results have not come back yet".

Officials closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel in Hampton as a precaution because the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' is known to thrive in those environments, the state said. 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).

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person. Rather, it is acquired by breathing in small drops of water that contain the bacteria. A spokesperson said there have been fewer than 10 cases reported.

Legionnaire's disease such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath and headaches to call the NH DHHS at 603-271-9461.

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