More Than 60 Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Outbreak

Hotel remains closed as investigators try to pinpoint bacteria’s source

July 31, 2019

The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease linked to an Atlanta hotel has increased from 9 to 11, with an additional 55 probable cases identified, CNN reports.

Probable cases are people who have symptoms of the disease, including diagnosed pneumonia, but who do not have a laboratory confirmation of Legionnaires’ Disease. All 66 people were guests at the Sheraton hotel in Atlanta and had attended a convention a few weeks ago.

Investigators have not yet found the source of the legionella bacteria in the hotel. The bacteria grow best in warm water and can be found in shower heads and faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains, or plumbing systems in large buildings, according to the Georgia Department of Health. Investigators collected environmental samples on both July 19 and Monday with results pending. In the meantime, the Sheraton Atlanta remains closed and more than 400 guests have been relocated to nearby hotels.

CMM recommends five steps to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease in your facility, including recognizing the most common places to find the legionella bacteria.

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