Recent guests at a North Carolina hotel have contracted Legionnaires’ disease and hotel managers are taking steps to control exposure.
Three individuals who stayed at the Meadowbrook Inn and Suites in the mountain resort town of Blowing Rock, NC have tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. All of the affected guests had stayed at the hotel within 10 days before the onset of their symptoms, and all have undergone treatment and are recovering.
The Meadowbrook Inn has a comprehensive water management system in place, including regular testing of water features such as pools and hot tubs. When the disease was reported, managers informed the Department of Health and performed in-house tests to find the source of the disease. These tests were negative, but samples have now been sent to a lab. No source of the bacteria has yet been found. Managers are extending the scope of their investigation to sources outside the hotel, including water infrastructure in the community. The hotel has encouraged all guests who stayed at the hotel in the last three months and developed respiratory symptoms to contact them.
More information, including the hotline that the hotel has set up for those with questions, is available here.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.