'Cluster' of Legionnaires' disease cases reported in B.C.: health authorities

05 September, 2018, 20:38 | Author: Bruce West
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Most healthy individuals do no become infected after exposure.

The state sees on average between 30-35 cases of the disease annually, but hasn't seen a cluster of cases in approximately 15 years.

"The Sands Resort will immediately notify current and future guests of the Legionella outbreak and take steps to remediate the premise plumbing system in order to mitigate the risk to the public's health", he continued. One person sickened in Nashua contracted the disease out of state and the other didn't have a ties to Hampton.

Officials closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel in Hampton as a precaution because the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' is known to thrive in those environments, the state said.

NYCHA began testing the water supply at the complex about two weeks ago.

The state plans to give another update Tuesday, after Labor Day.

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Legionnaires' disease was first identified in 1976 when a number of people who attended an American Legion convention in Philadelphia suddenly developed pneumonia. The disease is not contracted through swimming or drinking water.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' Disease include cough, shortness of breath, fever, and muscle aches.

Lisa Morris, Director of the Division of Public Health Services said in a press release, "Even though the information is preliminary, we want to allow the public to make informed decisions about visiting the area and their activities in the area".

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.

"Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital".

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

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