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A close-up shot of Legionella pneumophila bacteria

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There are now 14 confirmed cases of Legionnaires Disease in New Hampshire, one of which was fatal.

The Department of Health found six of the 13 water tanks at the Saint Nicholas Houses tested positive for elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.

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The illness, caused by the Legionella bacteria, can lead to pneumonia in people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

Legionnaire's disease is acquired from breathing in small drops of water that contain the bacteria.

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In a release, Fraser Health said it is investigating the source of the bacteria. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 6,100 cases in 2016.

Those who've been in the Guildford in the past 10 days and who show pneumonia symptoms (fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath) are advised to seek medical attention.

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The order was issued after tests conducted by the CDC detected the Legionella bacteria from multiple sources within the Sands Resort water system, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. It can not be transmitted between people, however. Groups at highest risk for Legionnaires' disease include people who are middle-aged or older, especially cigarette smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems and people who take medicines that weaken their immune systems (immunosuppressive drugs).

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