Hamilton Township Confirms Four Cases Of Legionnaires Disease

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Hamilton Township Confirms Four Cases Of... - Lawrenceville, NJ - The NJ residents became ill between Aug. 18-24, and two died. The disease is not spread from person-to-person and the risk remains low.
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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Hamilton Township Division of Health has reported four confirmed cases of Legionnaires' Disease, and two people have died.

The residents became ill between Aug. 18-24, the department said in a public statement last week. It's not known exactly why the outbreak occurred, officials said.

The state Department of Health and the Hamilton Division of Health recently collected environmental samples from selected sites that may be connected to the disease, officials said.

The township has also hired an independent laboratory to conduct water sampling locations, and officials have identified the Mercerville section as sample location site.

The Health Division said it was working closely with state Department of Health to investigate the matter. Health officials said it's difficult to determine the origin of the bacteria that infected town residents, but are working to identify potential sources of exposure.

Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria and people can get infected by breathing in aerosolized water,…
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