Legionnaires disease at 3 cases, Atlanta hotel closed after 3 confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease, visits to downtown Atlanta hotel. A downtown Atlanta hotel has closed its doors while officials test for a rare, and sometimes deadly, form of pneumonia.
“Based on epidemiological evidence we have an outbreak among people who stayed at the [Sheraton Atlanta] during the same time period,” said Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health, on Tuesday.
Legionnaires’ is a serious form of pneumonia that is noncontagious. Guests who complained of lung problems and were later diagnosed with Legionnaires’ had attended a convention at the Atlanta hotel a couple of weeks ago.
The Sheraton released this statement Monday night: “The health and safety of our guests is our greatest priority. We are working closely with public health officials and outside experts to conduct testing to determine if Legionella is present at the hotel.
The disease infects an estimated 10,000 to 18,000 people in the United States each year. People can get sick when they breathe in mist or accidentally swallow water into the lungs containing the bacteria that causes the lung infection.
Sheraton was working Monday to relocate about 450 guests to nearby hotels. Peduzzi said they were also reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to help them find other accommodations. Guests whose reservations are canceled will receive a full refund, he said.
Legionnaires’ begins with a patient feeling tired and weak, according to the educational organization Legionella.org. Other common symptoms include coughing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle aches, chest pain and shortness of breath.
About one in 10 people who come down with Legionnaires’ disease die due to complications from their illness, the CDC said. One in four who contract the disease while staying in a healthcare facility will die, as their immune systems are already compromised.
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