Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

State Orders Hampton Hotel to Remediate Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria, Notify Guests

State Orders Hampton Hotel to Remediate Legionnaires' Disease Bacteria, Notify Guests

Nine people who have stayed at The Sands Resort since July have contracted the disease, according to the order signed Sunday afternoon by Jeffrey A. Meyers, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

The source is believed to be in the Guildford area.

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

Legionnaire's disease is acquired from breathing in small drops of water that contain the bacteria.

The state has ordered a Hampton Beach hotel to take steps to remediate bacteria discovered in a hot tub and spa area that led to 14 cases of Legionnaires' Disease, including one death.

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Legionnaires' disease is a treatable using antibiotics for pneumonia.

The report came on the same day state health officials raised the number of confirmed cases in Hampton from 12 to 14.

Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Others have died from complications of the disease.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. It can not be passed from person to person contact and it can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria.

Most people don't get sick from exposure, but those with chronic health conditions, the elderly or smokers are more at risk. Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaires' disease.

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