August 27, 2018 – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) said the victims contracted Legionnaires’ near Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton during the late part of July or early this month.
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What’s the problem?
Legionnaires’ disease occurs when contaminated water droplets are inhaled, most often in showers, hot tubs and faucets. The infection is not spread by other people or by drinking water, according to Dr. Benjamin Chan, New Hampshire state epidemiologist.
“Most of the time, people that develop this infection acquire it just from the natural environment because it’s widespread in water and moist soil,” Chan said.
Officials are still working to determine the source of the infection, according to WMUR News 9.
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Since 2013, New Hampshire has averaged about 32 cases per year of Legionnaires’ disease, Chan said, but seeing a full-blown outbreak is rare.
“We have not investigated a cluster … in the last 10 to 15 years,” Chan said.
Out of an abundance of caution, officials are advising people over 50, current or former smokers, those with lung disease, or those with weakened immune systems to consider avoiding the area of Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and H Street in Hampton.
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