NH officials: 2 more Legionnaires' cases reported

Published: Aug. 31, 2018 at 6:46 PM EDT
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Public health authorities in New Hampshire say two more people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease, bringing the total to 14.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health Services reported previously that there was one death. All 14 likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or beginning of August in a localized area of Hampton.

Another update is expected on Tuesday.

Legionnaires' disease is bacterial pneumonia spread by inhaling droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria.

New Hampshire averages about 32 cases of Legionnaires' disease each year. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016.

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