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Legionnaire’s Disease Linked to Posh Las Vegas Resort

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The Nevada health authorities are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease linked to stays at the Aria Resort & Casino. ABC News reported that guests, who stayed in the resort from June 21 to July 4, were informed by letter that “high levels of the bacteria Legoniella had been detected in several guest rooms.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified of the problem and since the alert, four guests at the resort were treated for the pneumonia-like disease.
Southern Nevada Health District conducted sampling of the entire resort and found no detectable levels of bacteria.

Legionnaire’s disease is spread by inhaling airborne particles containing the Legionella bacteria.

In 1976, after an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, an outbreak of the bacteria occurred that sickened 221 people and resulted in 34 deaths. Officials determined the bacteria spread through the air-condition system.
Contaminated water sources, such as showers and whirlpools, can also spread the disease.

In February this year, Legionella bacteria was found in a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion. Two-hundred guests became stricken with flu-like chills and fever, while four people developed Pontiac fever, a mild form of the disease.
Health authorities reported that the bacteria is likely transmitted through aerosols generated by air injected in the hot tub, says ABC News.

The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the disease.

Although the Legionnaire’s disease usually receives media attention after an outbreak, Medical News Today noted that the disease can also occur in isolated cases, usually during warmer months which lend to an excellent habitat for the bacteria.

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