A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a Hampton Beach hotel has claimed left one person dead and 14 others ill.
According to reports, the last case was identified on Tuesday. The outbreak has been traced back to The Sands Resort on Ashworth Avenue, according to State Health Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers.
The hotel’s water system and space, among other sources, were found to have the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Meyers ordered the owner of The Sand, Tom Saab, to remove the bacteria and notify guests.
The individual who died due to the disease was identified as an elderly individual.
Legionnaires’ disease is typically found in wet areas such as hot tubs and showers, and is acquired by breathing it in. However, the disease cannot be acquired by drinking it, nor can it be transmitted from person to person.
Legionnaires’ disease was first discovered in 1976 after an outbreak at a Pennsylvania convention of the American Legion — hence its name. There were about 6,100 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S. last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Guests of The Sand should watch out for symptoms including fever, nausea, shortness of breath, and chest pain, Health Officials say. The elderly, young and sick are at higher risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease, which is usually not fatal in health individuals.
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