Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Public health authorities in New Hampshire say two more people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total to 14.

In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria. "The Health Department will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of Legionella bacteria in the building's water system", officials said.

A hotel in a popular New Hampshire beach town was ordered to take "immediate steps" to address its water system after it tested positive for bacteria that may have caused a Legionnaires' outbreak that sickened 14 people and caused one death. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016. It can not be passed from person to person contact.

Those who've been in the Guildford in the past 10 days and who show pneumonia symptoms (fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath) are advised to seek medical attention.

Fraser Health says most people in good health do not get the disease when exposed to the bacteria, but the elderly, smokers and people with chronic lung conditions or compromised immune systems are at higher risk.

They should also seek medical treatment if they've been in the Guildford area since August 21.

Anyone who's at a higher risk and develops pneumonia-like symptoms should see a doctor.

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