Updated October 15 with an additional illness. A Hamilton Township Legionnaires’ disease outbreak includes five illnesses, one of them fatal, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, occurs when people inhale water vapor that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria. It is not spread through person-to-person contact.
The most recent case was reported in September, two were reported in August, one in April, and one in December 2021. All five of the illnesses occurred in a section of Hamilton Township that is served by Trenton Water Works (TWW).
Do you have Legionnaires’ Disease?
The Hamilton Township Division of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health are working together on an investigation of the illnesses and are monitoring other municipalities served by TWW. As part of this investigation, they collected samples from 20 homes in Hamilton Township. Test results showed Legionella in more than half of the samples.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, and shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms should contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
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