A man in Atlanta has reportedly died due to Legionnaire’s disease post his stay at a popular hotel. Furthermore, eleven other people who were staying at Sheraton Atlanta are also diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease.
Eleven others who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.
Nancy Nydam is the director of communications at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has revealed more than sixty-one probable cases of the Legionnaire’s disease are recognized.
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Probable cases are the cases in which symptoms of Legionnaire’s disease are observed. But the disease is not confirmed via tests. Few experts are calling it a severe type of noncontagious pneumonia.
Legionnaire’s disease: Is it an epidemic?
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If we look for the epidemiological evidence; yes, it is an outbreak. But only, amidst the people were staying at the hotel named Sheraton Atlanta. Also, these people stayed there at a common duration.
Reports reveal several guests complained about a severe lung problem. Most of them were later diagnosed as patients of Legionnaire’s.
What causes Legionnaires’?
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The researchers are continuously looking for the major cause of the disease. However, it has been revealed Legionnaire’s disease is caused by a bacterium.
The experts claim the bacterium is called Legionella bacteria.
Where is the bacterium commonly found?
They are commonly found in the natural environment. Researches also suggest warm water is most suitable for them. Georgia Department of Health has revealed where the bacteria are commonly found. They include,
- Faucets and showerheads
- Hot tubs
- Cooling towers
- Warm water tanks
- Decorative fountains
- Plumbing systems in buildings
The hotel is considerate with the researchers. The premises of Sheraton Atlanta are voluntarily open to professional researchers for testing.
The premises will remain closed for guests it is announced safe. Also, on Tuesday the general manager of Sheraton Atlanta stated, the hotel will be closed till the 11th of August.
Legionnaires’ disease statistics-
#Legionella cases are steadily growing each year.
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A government report reveals that one out of ten people affected by Legionnaires’ disease dies. In the United States, about 10,000 to 18,000 people are infected with Legionnaires’ disease annually. Apart from them, there are few which go unreported to the health authorities.
Reports have further revealed the number of Legionnaire’s disease patients has grown exponentially. Since the disease is spread by bacteria, even breathing or drinking can lead to Legionnaire’s. The majority of cases can be treated by antibiotics.
The common symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include,
- Muscle aches
- Chest pain
- Breathing problems
Also, few medical professionals are describing Legionnaires’ disease a lethal form of pneumonia.
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