Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, New Hampshire, leading to concerns among guests and health officials. One person from Massachusetts has tragically died from the disease, while another person from Rhode Island is currently being treated in a hospital.
The state health department has launched an investigation into the source of the illness and is working closely with the resort to determine the cause. The two cases do not appear to be directly linked, as the affected individuals stayed at the resort at different times and occupied separate rooms.
Legionnaires’ disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which can contaminate water sources in buildings and hotels. In light of this, health officials are conducting tests on various water sources within the resort, including showers, hot tubs, water fountains, and faucets.
It is important to note that transmission of the disease occurs through inhaling water droplets containing the bacteria, rather than person-to-person contact. This means that individuals staying at the resort could have potentially been exposed.
Common symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches, and pneumonia. In light of the situation, guests who recently visited the resort are encouraged to closely monitor themselves for any of these symptoms. If any symptoms arise, medical attention should be sought promptly.
The Mountain View Grand Resort has reassured the public that they are following stringent safety protocols while awaiting test results to confirm the potential source of the bacteria. As of now, there is no evidence of a wider outbreak beyond the two identified cases.
In the meantime, the resort continues to cooperate fully with the state health department’s investigation. The priority remains the well-being and safety of all guests, and precautions are being taken to prevent further cases from occurring. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
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