A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a hotel in Round Rock, Texas, has forced the closure of a hotel while health officials investigate the source of the problem.
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What’s the Problem?
October 13, 2017 – The Texas State Department of Health Services says there have been at least 6 confirmed cases of Legionnaires at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Round Rock, according to WFAA-TV.
In addition to the new case as SpringHill Suites, 4 other guests and one employee have also been diagnosed with Legionnaires’. The hotel will be closed temporarily until the source of the contamination can be identified.
All of the confirmed cases have been in individuals who either visited or worked at the hotel this summer. After the 5th case was reported, the health department ordered the hotel to shut down pending the results of an investigation into the source of the contamination.
A health department spokesperson said water samples from SpringHill Suites have been sent to a lab for testing. In the meantime, the hotel is working with authorities to get a handle on the problem as quickly as possible.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments such as lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it invades human-made water systems like:
- Showers and faucets
- Cooling towers (air-conditioning units for large buildings)
- Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
- Decorative fountains and water features
- Hot water tanks and heaters
- Large plumbing systems
After Legionella grows and multiplies in a building water system, that contaminated water then has to spread in droplets small enough for people to breathe in. People can get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria.
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