Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Linked to Atlanta Hotel

WEDNESDAY, July 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Legionnaires' disease has been diagnosed in 11 people who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta, and there have been another 55 probable cases, Georgia health officials say.

Probable cases are people with symptoms of the bacterial infection, but no laboratory confirmation of the disease, CNN reported.

The 11 people with confirmed Legionnaire's disease attended a convention at the hotel a few weeks ago. No deaths have been reported. An investigation is underway but the source of the outbreak has not been found, said Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health.

The hotel closed July 15 and remains closed, the Georgia Department of Health said Monday, CNN reported.

Legionnaires' disease is a noncontagious form of pneumonia that affects 10,000 to 18,000 people in the United States each year, and about one in 10 who get the disease die, according to a recent government report.

The number of people with Legionnaires' disease increased nearly four-fold from 2000 to 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, CNN reported.

People can become sick when they breathe in mist or accidentally take water into their lungs that contains the disease-causing bacteria. It can be treated with antibiotics, according to the CDC.

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