New Hampshire luxury resort linked to 2 Legionnaires' cases, DPHS investigating. (Part-1)

At least two cases of Legionnaires' disease have been found among guests of the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, according to the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services.

An investigation to "assess potential sources of exposure" is ongoing, according to a Friday news release from the DPHS, which also stated that two out-of-state people were found to have the condition.

Healthcare practitioners should ask patients about any travel, including local travel, in the 14 days before symptoms started, and keep legionella infection in mind while evaluating community-acquired pneumonia, according to the department.

The department has also requested that healthcare providers report all instances of the virus, whether they are confirmed or suspected.

A 71-year-old Merrimac, Massachusetts woman passed away in October 2023, just one week after her stay at the Mountain View Grand Resort; however, the agency has yet to announce any new cases or fatalities. This information was revealed by WMUR9.

Henry Kruschwitz, Barbara's husband, told the news source that his wife had gone swimming in the resort's pool and hot tub, but he hadn't, therefore he felt his wife had died from an illness transmitted by polluted water aerosols.

Kruschwitz broke the news to WMUR that the woman's heart had stopped, making resuscitation impossible. "And — that's about as much as I can say."

According to WMUR, the hot tub in question has been temporarily removed while an investigation into the event is underway by the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services.

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