An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has infected at least 18 people and left one person dead in Hampton (New Hampshire) between early July and mid-September. According to health officials, the outbreak has been traced to infected hot tubs at several hotels. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming days.
Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a bacterial infection in lungs that is contracted by breathing contaminated water vapor or dust. It is most likely to affect the middle-aged or the elderly, particularly those with a history of smoking or chronic lung disease. The most common symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, high fever, headaches, and muscle pains.
Individuals in New Hampshire are advised to monitor updates to the situation and adhere to instructions issued by authorities. Individuals experiencing the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, especially if part of a demographic at high-risk for the disease.
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