Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Ebony Scott
September 4, 2018

They're not exactly calling it an outbreak, but two people have reportedly contracted Legionnaires' disease at Fort Independence Houses, continuing what seems to be a growing epidemic of the bacteria popping up in various NY facilities over the past year.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria known as Legionella, which is commonly found in the natural environment, including freshwater, groundwater and the soil.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning. Common sources for this disease include aerosol droplet inhalation from showers, hot tubs, cooling towers, faucets, as well as decorative fountains.

Currently, state officials, along with those from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are working to identify a potential source of the bacteria in New Hampshire.

An order has been issued for the hotel to take steps to remove all traces of the Legionella bacteria from the facility.

At least a dozen people were sickened from the disease; one elderly person died.

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Of those Hampton cases, the majority of people stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, although it is possible they may have received other exposures. The flyer that informed them about the occurrences says the department notifies residents when there are two or more cases reported in a building during a 12-month period.

Symptoms can include cough, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, said Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal.

The illness, caused by the Legionella bacteria, can lead to pneumonia in people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

The disease can not be spread through person-to-person contact, nor by drinking contaminated water.

Those with symptoms should call their doctor and ask about testing for Legionnaires' disease.

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