Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

New Hampshire beach hotel told to fix Legionella bacteria problem

New Hampshire beach hotel told to fix Legionella bacteria problem

The New York City Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a Kingsbridge NYCHA building.

State health officials this week said they believe the source for the Hampton outbreak was two hotel spas.

"Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital".

Legionnaires' disease is caused when people breathe in small droplets of water containing the bacterium known as Legionella, often found in freshwater, groundwater and soil, as well as cooling towers, hot tubs, and larger plumbing systems.

Fraser Health Authority confirmed the "cluster" of cases on Saturday, adding it likely started in Surrey, B.C., a suburb east of Vancouver.

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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It's also advising anyone who has developed pneumonia-like symptoms and who is at higher risk, such as smokers, the elderly or people with chronic lung conditions, to visit a doctor.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath.

People who do contract it can be treated with antibiotics.

The Department of Health says that Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and is easily treatable.

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