'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in 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".

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

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been conducting environmental testing to identify a potential source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease.

People who do contract it can be treated with antibiotics.

The report came on the same day state health officials raised the number of confirmed cases in Hampton from 12 to 14.

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Health officials said the two cases in the Bronx are "not considered an outbreak or related ted to cooling towers".

Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and resemble symptoms often found in cases of pneumonia. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria.

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One of them, an elderly man, has died. It can not be transmitted between people, however.

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