Legionella (Legionnaires' Disease & Pontiac Fever)

Legionnaires' disease and Pontiac fever are collectively known as legionellosis, a disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made water systems such as building premise plumbing and cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralized air-cooling systems for building or industrial processes). Legionella can continue to persist in the water system unless proper steps are taken to prevent the growth of bacteria.

The Township of Hamilton Division of Health monitors and investigates cases of Legionnaires' disease within the Township. Most cases of Legionnaires' disease occur in New Jersey between the months of July and October, usually peaking in August. If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness, please speak with your medical provider.

For more information, please contact the Division of Health at 609-890-3884.

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