Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

NH officials: 2 more Legionnaires' cases reported

NH officials: 2 more Legionnaires' cases reported

The Department of Health found six of the 13 water tanks at the Saint Nicholas Houses tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. Every year, there are between 200 and 500 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city, according to health officials.

Fraser Health doesn't say how many people are affected, but says it is looking into the source of a cluster of cases in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood.

DHHS and the CDC will continue the investigation throughout the Labor Day weekend, including additional environmental testing and conducting interviews and re-interviews with the individuals who contracted the disease.

Legionnaires' disease is a treatable using antibiotics for pneumonia.

People get Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in droplets of contaminated water. The Public Health Service of Canada points out it can not be transmitted between people.

Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, severe fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and resemble symptoms often found in cases of pneumonia.

The illness, caused by the Legionella bacteria, can lead to pneumonia in people who are at higher risk of getting sick. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria. People who visited the area more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for disease.

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