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Source Identified as Hampton Hotel in Legionnaires' Outbreak

04 September 2018, 10:40 | Melissa Porter

'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Surrey

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

Three people in Surrey, B.C. have been hospitalized with Legionnaires' Disease, a severe form of pneumonia that develops after being infected by the Legionella bacteria.

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. Others have died from complications of the disease.

Public health authorities in New Hampshire say two more people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total to 14.

Another disease which has made its presence felt for quite some time in the USA is the one caused due to West Nile virus, which has resulted in around a dozen communities in Boston-area being listed as high-risk, after a fourth-case of the virus was discovered.

Officials trying to identify the potential source of the bacteria have sent samples to a Centers for Disease Control laboratory in Atlanta for testing. At this point, officials aren't suggesting at-risk people to avoid Guildford.

Legionnaires' disease can not be spread from person to person. The symptoms are similar to general pneumonia, which includes cough, fever, headaches, muscle ache, and shortness of breath.

The two sickened at the 3340 Bailey Ave., complex were those who were more susceptible to the disease, according to published reports from NBC New York. There is no vaccine.

Fraser Health says most people in good health do not get the disease when exposed to the bacteria, but the elderly, smokers and people with chronic lung conditions or compromised immune systems are at higher risk. People who take drugs that weaken their immune system, such as chemotherapy, or suffer from underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure, are also at a greater risk.

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