Fraser Heath investigating outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Surrey, B.C.

Fraser Heath investigating outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Surrey, B.C.

Fraser Heath investigating outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Surrey, B.C.

Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

The NH DHHS says tests carried about by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC "detected the presence of the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, including but not limited hot tub spa".

Legionnaires' disease was first identified in 1976 when a number of people who attended an American Legion convention in Philadelphia suddenly developed pneumonia.

No one answered the phone at the hotel Monday morning.

Every year, there are between 200 and 500 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city, according to health officials. Common sources for this disease include aerosol droplet inhalation from showers, hot tubs, cooling towers, faucets, as well as decorative fountains.

At least a dozen people were sickened from the disease; one elderly person died.

This is a serious situation since there are no vaccines that can prevent Legionnaires' disease, which is bacterial pneumonia, caused by the Legionella bacteria.

Most people exposed to Legionella will not get sick, says the CDC. The majority of cases stayed or resided in the Ashworth Avenue area, between Island Path and M Street, but may have had other exposures in the area. A spokesperson said there have been fewer than 10 cases reported.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacterium called Legionella.

Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person.

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