Beach hotel pushes back on CDC in Legionnaires' testing

Brittany Mendoza
September 5, 2018

A cautionary warning has been issued to the people most at risk of contracting the disease to stay away from this area.

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 Sands Resort will immediately notify current and future guests of the Legionella outbreak and take steps to remediate the premise plumbing system in order to mitigate the risk to the public's health", he continued. One of those 14 Hampton victims, an elderly man, died due to complications related to the disease, state officials said.

Another update is expected on Tuesday.

Legionnaires' is a type of bacterial pneumonia that is contracted by breathing in small droplets of water in the air which contain the Legionella bacteria.

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

Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services said in a press release, "Even though the information is preliminary, we want to allow the public to make informed decisions about visiting the area and their activities in the area".

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

The NH DHHS says tests carried about by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC "detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including but not limited hot tub spa". The agency noted the illness is underreported and there may have been more cases.

Legionnaires' disease is a treatable using antibiotics for pneumonia. People who take drugs that weaken their immune system, such as chemotherapy, or suffer from underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure, are also at a greater risk.

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