The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed seven more cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who stayed at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in March and April. More than two dozen additional cases are suspected.
Legionnaires’ disease is a bacterial infection similar to pneumonia. It is caused by breathing in droplets of water contaminated with the Legionella bacteria.
Possible sources of the bacteria include showers, hot tubs, sink faucets, misters, and fountains. The Rio has been working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District and believes it has eradicated the bacteria. Steps the hotel has taken include the voluntary installation of a new filtration system to help prevent a re-occurrence.
Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease symptoms are very similar to other types of pneumonia. They can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches.
These symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure. People who stayed at the Rio more than two weeks ago and did not develop symptoms are not at risk.
Most people exposed to Legionella do not get sick or else they quickly recover. But those who do contract Legionnaires' can suffer serious illness or even wrongful death. Those most at risk include current and former smokers, people aged 50 and older, and those with weakened immune systems.
Additional information is available on the Centers for Disease Control Legionnaires’ page. People can also contact the Health District's helpline at (702) 759-0999 during normal business hours.
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