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Couple sues hotel after contracting Legionnaires' disease

January 13, 2010
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MCHENRY, IL – Albert and Judith Kooi of Allegan County, Michigan, filed a lawsuit last week against the McHenry Hampton Inn for an unnamed amount of damages after the husband contracted Legionnaires'' disease after using the hot tub in May 2008, according to the Northwest Herald.

According to the story, officials from the State Health Department had samples taken from the spa in May of 2008 that tested positive for the bacteria and the hotel subsequently had the spa drained and cleaned.

Legionnaires'' disease, which is contracted after breathing mist or vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria, has pneumonia-like symptoms that can be treated in most cases with antibiotics, the story stated.

The lawsuit alleges that Albert Kooi incurred medical bills for treatment and suffered pain and mental anguish, the story added.

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