Health Department investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx

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Twelve people have been infected during a Legionnaires disease outbreak in Hampton Beach, N.H. One of the individuals has died. "The Sands Resort will immediately notify current and future guests of the Legionella outbreak and take steps to remediate the premise plumbing system in order to mitigate the risk to the public's health".

Legionnaires' disease is caused by inhaling contaminated water vapor, but it is not contagious between people.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning.

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"It's just a coincidence", said Leon, adding that New Hampshire sees an average of 30 to 35 cases of Legionnaires' disease annually.

This is a serious situation since there are no vaccines that can prevent Legionnaires' disease, which is bacterial pneumonia, caused by the Legionella bacteria. "The Department of Health will evaluate the building's plumbing to look for evidence of legionella bacteria in the building's water system". Others have died from complications of the disease.

It says public health officials are now trying to track down the source of the bacteria. Test results are still pending for environmental samples taken from other locations in the affected area.

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

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath. The Public Health Service of Canada points out it can not be transmitted between people. Most people get better with early treatment, although they may need to be hospitalized.

In a statement, the Department of Health says, "Both patients have risks for Legionnaires' disease and have been discharged from the hospital".

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