'Cluster' of cases of Legionnaires' disease confirmed in Surrey

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DPHS and experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working diligently to identify a potential source of the bacteria. Those 12 people with confirmed cases in Hampton likely acquired their infections from early June to mid-August.

Twelve people have been infected during a Legionnaires disease outbreak in Hampton Beach, N.H. One of the individuals has died.

Officials closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and the Harris Sea Ranch Motel in Hampton as a precaution because the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' is known to thrive in those environments, the state said.

Patients can contract Legionnaires' disease, a serious type of pneumonia, when they breathe in small, airborne droplets of water that contain the bacteria, which can grow in a building's water system.

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.

According to the Public Health Service of Canada, Legionnaires' disease, which is not contagious, is caused by exposure to Legionella, a bacteria found naturally in soil and water. Meanwhile, state health experts expect to have test results within the next two weeks. It can not be passed from person to person contact. High risk population includes people over 50 years of age, former and current smokers, people with chronic lung diseases, weak immune systems, as well as other underlying illnesses. It can not be passed from person to person contact and it can not be contracted by drinking or coming into physical contact with water containing the bacteria.

Resident can still use and drink their water, but those with a higher risk of getting the disease are advised to take extra steps.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath.