N.H. Hotel Sued Over Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak

Two Massachusetts women are suing a New Hampshire hotel at the center of a Legionnaire's disease outbreak.

WMUR-TV reports that Louise Pare, of Gardner, and Celeste Billington, of Templeton, were diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease after staying at The Sands Resort for three days starting Aug. 3.

Fifteen people have been confirmed as having contracted Legionnaires' disease in Hampton at the end of July or beginning of August, including one person who died.

Legionnaire's disease is a bacterial pneumonia spread by inhaling droplets of contaminated water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the bacteria in shower heads or sink heads in three guest rooms, a hot tub, water heater and outdoor shower house.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Rockingham Superior Court. The hotel owner declined to comment Saturday.



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