One person died from the disease and 11 other cases were confirmed after staying or visiting the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel between June 12 and July 15, Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Health, said in an email. 19659002] There are also 63 possible cases, Nydam said. Possible cases are those with symptoms of the disease but there is still no laboratory test to confirm it. Last week, there were 61 possible cases.
The hotel closed on July 16 and said it would remain closed until August 14, general manager Ken Peduzzi said in a statement Friday.
"At the time of our closure, we had been working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Fulton County Board of Health and environmental experts to conduct a trial to ensure there was no threat to Legionella infection," Peduzzi wrote. "A thorough cleaning of the hotel's entire water distribution system has been completed as a precautionary measure, including the cleaning, scrubbing and coordination of all water features." 1
9659006] Legionnaires' disease is a serious form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which is found naturally in the environment, usually in fresh water, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The bacteria can grow in warm water and can be found in shower heads and faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative springs or plumbing systems in large buildings. the sick person made a full recovery, according to the state health department. However, people at higher risk of disease tend to be 50 or older, current or former smokers, people with chronic lung disease or weak immune systems.
About one in 10 people with Legionnaires' disease has died, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 7,500 US cases of Legionnaires' disease & # 39; were reported to the CDC in 2017, the agency said, adding that it is likely to be a small one because the disease is non-communicable.