According to reports, Legionella bacteria was found in a hot tub, water heater and shower heads at The Sands Resort on 32 Ashworth Ave.by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a precautionary measure, DPHS has closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel because hot tub spas, in general, are a known source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's.
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In a statement, the Department of Health says, "Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital". Most people who come in contact with the bacteria will not get sick, although severe illness can occur, sometimes resulting in death, as already seen.
"Early test results from the CDC indicate the presence of the Legionella bacteria in several environmental samples taken from the facility's water system".
Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person. High risk population includes people over 50 years of age, former and current smokers, people with chronic lung diseases, weak immune systems, as well as other underlying illnesses. It can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria (such as while swimming). 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.
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Legionnaire's disease such as coughing, fever, shortness of breath and headaches to call the NH DHHS at 603-271-9461.
If an individual visited this area and developed symptoms within 14 days of their stay, they should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention.
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