According to reports by the Times Union and other sources, two guests have recently become ill with Legionnaires’ disease at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany. The hotel had been closed for most of February and March, following an outbreak late last year in which six people contracted the illness between September and December. Despite efforts to fix the problem, a couple from Washington County became ill after staying at the hotel on May 16 and 17. According to the Albany County Health Department, one of the guests still has pneumonia.
Earlier this year, the hotel replaced its water heater, installed new pipes to bring water to the hotel, and replaced its shower heads. Officials speculate that the new shower heads may have been the source of the Legionella bacteria. The Best Western Sovereign Hotel will be closed until the situation is deemed under control.
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