'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Surrey

Two More Legionnaires’ Cases Confirmed In Hampton, NH

Two More Legionnaires’ Cases Confirmed In Hampton, NH

Three people in Surrey, B.C. have been hospitalized with Legionnaires' Disease, a severe form of pneumonia that develops after being infected by the Legionella bacteria. Every year, there are between 200 and 500 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city, according to health officials.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been conducting environmental testing to identify a potential source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a treatable using antibiotics for pneumonia.

Fraser Health says most healthy people who come in contact with Legionella don't get sick, but people with weaker or compromised immune systems can be at risk.

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. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming). However, people should watch for symptoms for about two weeks after exposure.

"People who are exposed to it, specifically people who are at high risk to it may start to see symptoms within two to 10 days".

Fraser Health doesn't say how many people are affected, but says it is looking into the source of a cluster of cases in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood.

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