Update on Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Associated with the area of Ashworth Avenue at Hampton, NH
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Town of Hampton continue to investigate an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the Ashworth Avenue area of Hampton, NH.
Two additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed since the previous update on August 30th. There are now a total of 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with Ashworth Avenue between Island Path and M Street in Hampton.
A previous DPHS press release said: “The majority of cases stayed or resided in the AshworthAvenue area between Island Path and M Street but may have had other exposures in the area. As a precautionary measure, DPHS has closed the hot tub spas at the Sands Hotel and
the Harris Sea Ranch Motel because hot tub spas in general are a known source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’. The hot tubs no longer present a potential risk to the public and both hotels remain open.”
Hampton Legionella Investigation Summary Report
|NUMBER OF CONFIRMED ILLNESSES||Total|
|Illness onset dates||6/14/18 – 8/24/2018|
DHHS and the CDC have been conducting environmental testing to identify a potential source of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Samples collected have been sent to the CDC laboratory in Atlanta; preliminary results from lab testing are expected to be available in the next one to two weeks.
DHHS and the CDC will continue the investigation throughout the Labor Day weekend, including additional environmental testing and conducting interviews and re-interviews with the individuals who contracted the disease. DHHS will update the number of confirmed cases on Tuesday, September 4 unless developments warrant otherwise.
If you have information or questions about this outbreak, please call the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Public Inquiry Line by calling 603-271-9461, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. During the holiday weekend, the line will be open on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the investigation, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/legionella.htm.