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

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

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.

Tenants say they are frustrated with the city's Department of Health for not telling them sooner about two cases of Legionnaires' disease in their building.

Most people sickened by the illness in Hampton are believed to have been infected while on Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street, a tourist spot near the ocean, the state said. Others have died from complications of the disease.

Along with the 12 incidents of Legionnaires' disease at Hampton Beach, including at least one which resulted in death, August saw two confirmed cases of this bacterial pneumonia in Nashua.

The history surrounding Legionnaires' is well known, which might explain why many fear even the mention of the disease.

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Bagley said this particular bacterial infection can not be passed from person-to-person. At this point, officials aren't suggesting at-risk people to avoid Guildford.

Initial tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected the bacteria in the hot tub, water heater, an outdoor shower hose and shower and sink heads in three guest rooms.

They can develop pneumonia, as well as symptoms like fever, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach pain and shortness of breath. There is no vaccine.

Most healthy people don't get sick from the bacteria, but smokers, the elderly and those with pre-existing lung conditions or compromised immune systems are at higher risk. People who take drugs that weaken their immune system, such as chemotherapy, or suffer from underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure, are also at a greater risk.

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