One dead after Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Atlanta
Between June 12-15, 2019, a bacterial infection called Legionnaires' disease was reported to have sprung up in Atlanta at a hotel called Christmas Mountain. Two people were reported to have contracted the disease earlier: one in November of 2017, and another in October 2018. The hotel later closed in July due to more reports of the disease.
But what exactly is Legionnaires' disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires' disease is also known as Legionellosis, and is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria.
Signs and symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. The disease can be contracted from water droplets which are then swallowed.
According to the Huffington Post, another Atlanta hotel, the Sheraton Atlanta, closed after one person was reported dead from the disease and at least a dozen others sickened.
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is working closely with public health officials to resolve the problem, and as of this time, the hotel remains closed until the disease is gone.