Legionnaires' disease hits three NYCHA residents in harlem

Spencer Underwood
September 5, 2018

The order to remediate the water system and notify current or future guests of the Legionella outbreak and test results was issued pursuant to RSA 141-C:11-16, which requires the Commissioner of DHHS to take actions necessary to protect public health.

Patients can contract Legionnaires' disease, a serious type of pneumonia, when they breathe in small, airborne droplets of water that contain the bacteria, which can grow in a building's water system. Those 12 people with confirmed cases in Hampton likely acquired their infections from early June to mid-August.

The state announced the Legionnaires' Disease "cluster" last weekend with four initial cases.

Most healthy people don't get sick from the bacteria, but smokers, the elderly and those with pre-existing lung conditions or compromised immune systems are at higher risk.

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.

Another disease which has made its presence felt for quite some time in the USA is the one caused due to West Nile virus, which has resulted in around a dozen communities in Boston-area being listed as high-risk, after a fourth-case of the virus was discovered.

Twelve people have been infected during a Legionnaires disease outbreak in Hampton Beach, N.H. One of the individuals has died.

The hot tubs are located at the Sands Resort and Harris Sea Ranch, which remain open for business.

The illness, caused by the Legionella bacteria, can lead to pneumonia in people who are at higher risk of getting sick. It can not be passed from person to person contact. State epidemiologist Benjamin Chan said the most common source is warm fresh water or wet soil.

Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers".

Legionnaire's disease such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath and headaches to call the NH DHHS at 603-271-9461. Symptoms will usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria.

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