Health officials: 5th case of Legionnaire’s disease found
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Public health authorities in New Hampshire say a fifth person has been identified with Legionnaire’s disease and likely acquired it in Hampton.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services initially said four people likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton. Legionnaire’s disease is a bacterial pneumonia.
WMUR-TV reports t he fifth case was confirmed Monday. It’s usually spread by inhaling droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria.
Many people exposed to Legionella don’t get sick. The disease has the ability to cause serious illness and death, however.
Officials said that over the past five years, New Hampshire has averaged about 32 cases of Legionnaires’ disease each year. A cluster hasn’t been seen in the state in more than 10 years.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com