The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has confirmed at least 4 people in Hampton with Legionella pneumonia, also known as Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially life-threatening form of bacterial pneumonia.
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What’s the problem?
August 27, 2018 – DPHS said the victims likely contracted Legionella late last month or the early part of this one, in the area of Ashworth Avenue, between Island Path and H Street in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Health officials are investigating potential additional cases of Legionnaires’ in the outbreak, as well working to determine the source of the infections, according to Outbreak News Today.
Common sources of the disease include showers, hot tubs, faucets, cooling towers, misters, and decorative fountains. Legionnaires’ is not spread by drinking or swimming in water, DPHS said.
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While the investigation is underway, in an abundance of caution, DPHS recommends that people who are at increased risk for severe disease from Legionella consider postponing their visit to the area of Ashworth Avenue, between Island Path and H Street in Hampton, New Hampshire.
“Legionella is a serious infection,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services. “We want to make sure the public is aware of the potential risk of this disease so that each person can make a decision for themselves about visiting the area in the best interest of their health.”
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