Breakout of Legionnaires’ Disease at Atlanta Hotel

One individual has died of Legionnaires’ disease after staying at a distinguished Atlanta hotel, officials mentioned. 11 others who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, while another 61 possible cases have been recognized, according to Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health.

“Probable cases” are individuals who have symptoms of the disease however haven’t yet had a laboratory test to confirm the disease — a critical form of noncontagious pneumonia.

“Based on the epidemiological proof we have an outbreak amongst individuals who stayed at the (Sheraton Atlanta) throughout the same time period,” mentioned Nydam. Guests who complained of lung issues and had been later diagnosed with Legionnaires’ had visited a convention at the Atlanta hotel in early July.

Although the bacterium causing Legionnaires’ has not yet been confirmed at the hotel, Sheraton Atlanta voluntarily shuttered its doors and hired outdoors experts to conduct testing, Nydam stated.

“Sheraton Atlanta remains closed until August 11,” Ken Peduzzi, the hotel’s general manager, stated in an announcement Tuesday. Public health officials and environmental specialists are working with the hotel to determine if it is the source of the outbreak, he mentioned.

About one in 10 individuals who get sick from Legionnaires’ disease will die, a recent government report discovered.

The disease infects a predicted 10,000 to 18,000 folks in the US every year, with some cases not reported to the health department. The number of individuals with Legionnaires’ disease grew by almost four times from 2000 to 2014, the CDC said. Folks can get sick when they breathe in a mist or accidentally take water into their lungs containing the bacteria. It may be treated with antibiotics, in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.