Health Department investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx

Grant Boone
September 5, 2018

Most people sickened by the illness in Hampton are believed to have been infected while on Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street, a tourist spot near the ocean, the state said.

"It's just a coincidence", said Leon, adding that New Hampshire sees an average of 30 to 35 cases of Legionnaires' disease annually.

"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.

Officials trying to identify the potential source of the bacteria have sent samples to a Centers for Disease Control laboratory in Atlanta for testing.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling contaminated water vapor, but it is not contagious between people. One of those 14 Hampton victims, an elderly man, died due to complications related to the disease, state officials said.

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

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".

The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business. 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. It can not be passed from person to person contact. Rather, it is acquired by breathing in small drops of water that contain the bacteria.

Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and resemble symptoms often found in cases of pneumonia. Symptoms will usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria.

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