Two separate cases of Legionnaires’ disease among guests of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino sparked an investigation of the hotel by the Southern Nevada Health District. The guests stayed at the hotel at different times in March and April of 2017.
A water sample taken by health officials from the hotel’s water system after the two cases were reported showed presence of Legionella bacteria. The district’s environmental health supervisor, Mark Bergtholdt, reportedly stated that large buildings- such as the Rio hotel- would be common homes to Legionella bacteria due to the complex plumbing systems, in which water may lay stagnant for long periods of time and allow for propagation of Legionella. It was reported that the bacteria was contained to one tower of the hotel, but the health district plans to test the entire building’s water system, which could take up to six weeks.
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of bacterial pneumonia caused by exposure to Legionella bacteria. Symptoms may include fever, headache, cough, lethargy, weakness, and even confusion.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.