September 03. 2018 1:21PM

Tests link Legionnaires outbreak to Sands Resort at Hampton Beach; 14 sickened, one dead

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader


Ocean Boulevard in Hampton Beach. 

CONCORD - Health investigators have confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria at a hotel in Hampton, where an outbreak of Legionnaires disease has infected 14 people and caused one death, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said.

Tests found multiple areas of the water system at the Sands Resort at 32 Ashworth Ave. in Hampton, DHHS said in a release Sunday night.

DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers issued an order to the Sands to immediately notify all hotel guests of the bacteria’s presence and within 48 hours hire a consultant to assess and begin the decontamination process.

“Early test results from the CDC indicate the presence of the Legionella bacteria in several environmental samples taken from the facility’s water system. I have issued this order to ensure the health of guests and visitors of the establishment, as well as the health of Hampton residents and visitors,” Meyers said.

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.

According to the release, CDC could have additional test results as early as this week.

DHHS last week increased the number of confirmed Hampton cases from 12 to 14, one of which was an elderly man who died of complications related to Legionnaires.