September 01. 2018 9:29PM

Legionnaires' disease found in Nashua after 14 ill at Hampton Beach, including a death


NASHUA - Public health officials in Nashua confirmed two cases of Legionnaires' disease in the city that are unrelated to an outbreak in Hampton.

While state officials continue their investigation of the 14 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Ashworth Avenue area of Hampton Beach, Nashua health officials said two cases occurred there in August.

Nashua officials have conducted interviews and are certain that city's cases are not connected to the Hampton outbreak.

The report came on the same day state health officials raised the number of confirmed cases in Hampton from 12 to 14. One of those 14 Hampton victims, an elderly man, died due to complications related to the disease, state officials said.

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health will provide another update on the Hampton outbreak on Tuesday. Meanwhile, state health experts expect to have test results within the next two weeks.

The risk to the public is low but state and local health experts agree this is an unusually high number of cases for New Hampshire.

In Nashua, one of the disease victims was afflicted out of state, officials said. The second victim in the city, however, is an unrelated case.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by a bacteria found in water that can enter the lungs if the water is aerosolized and inhaled.

It can lead to pneumonia, but is not contagious, officials said.

Officials said symptoms of Legionnaires' are similar to the common cold or flu. They said such symptoms are more of a cause for concern for anyone who has been in an area where they might have been exposed.

State health officials this week said they believe the source for the Hampton outbreak was two hotel spas. Managers of both resorts agreed to voluntarily close those spas, state health officials announced on Thursday.