The Best Western on the River Hotel in Hannibal, a popular Missouri tourist town associated with Mark Twain, is now reported to be the source of a string of Legionnaires’ disease cases.
Three guests of the hotel contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, after staying at the hotel between March and November 2015. One of these guests eventually died; however, the health department would not comment on whether or not the death was a direct result of Legionnaires’ disease.
The CDC began an investigation on Nov. 10 and took 40 samples after connecting the three Legionnaires’ disease cases to the hotel. Four guest rooms tested positive for Legionella bacteria according to Ryan Hobart, a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokesman.
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