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.
Meyers issued the order after initial tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including, but not limited to the hot tub spa.
No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning. An elderly person died of complications from the disease. The bacteria can also be found in air conditioning systems and swimming pools.
New Hampshire averages about 32 cases of Legionnaires' disease each year.
This is a serious situation since there are no vaccines that can prevent Legionnaires' disease, which is bacterial pneumonia, caused by the Legionella bacteria.
It says public health officials are now trying to track down the source of the bacteria.
All three people have been hospitalized with the severe form of pneumonia. The majority of cases stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, between Island Path and M Street, but may have had other exposures in the area.
Martin said upon interviewing the Nashua patients, health officials determined the cases were not connected to the Hampton outbreak.
Symptoms can include cough, fatigue, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, said Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal.
The history surrounding Legionnaires' is well known, which might explain why many fear even the mention of the disease.
Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person.