NH has second Legionnaires' disease outbreak, in Nashua

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The bacteria causes Legionnaire's disease, a type of severe pneumonia.

The Health Department is now investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a residential building in the Bronx, officials told PIX11 News on Saturday.

The Fraser Health Authority has confirmed a "cluster" of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Guildford area of Surrey.

Officials said tenants can still use and drink water "but tenants at higher risk of getting Legionnaires' disease will be advised to take additional precautions".

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New Hampshire health officials issued an order to the Sands Resort in Hampton to take immediate steps to remediate the Legionella bacteria at the resort and notify guests of the bacteria.

The organization is urging anyone in Surrey experiencing fever, fatigue, cough, or shortness of breath to seek medical attention. Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and often requires hospitalization. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. The Public Health Service of Canada points out it can not be transmitted between people.

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.

The Department of Health says that Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and is easily treatable.

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