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

A close-up shot of Legionella pneumophila bacteria

Legionella outbreak in Surrey likely from local source

The New York City Department of Health is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease in a Kingsbridge NYCHA building. If an individual visited this area and developed symptoms within 14 days of their stay, they should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention.

Legionnaires' disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by inhaling water vapor containing legionella bacteria. Health officials also suggested the hotel retain documentation of guests being notified at check-in of the outbreak.

The New Hampshire state Department of Health and Human Services ( NH DHHS) is ordering the Sands Resort in Hampton, NH to immediately remediate Legionella bacteria found on its premises.

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Fraser Health Authority confirmed the "cluster" of cases on Saturday, adding it likely started in Surrey, B.C., a suburb east of Vancouver.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Legionnaires' disease is treated with antibiotics and often requires hospitalization.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath. An elderly person died of complications from the disease, and 12 people have been hospitalized. It can not be passed from person to person contact. 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).

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