According to the Wall Street Journal and Times Union, The New York State Department of Health announced February 2nd that six cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been linked to the Best Western Sovereign Hotel at 1228 Western Ave. NY state epidemiologists traced the illness back to the hotel.
The six patients were guests of the hotel between September and December 2011. It is alleged that all have since recovered.
Water tests were conducted on January 24th and the results January 30th confirmed that high levels of legionella bacteria were present in the hotel’s water system.
The NY State Dept of Health has not closed the hotel and has determined that current guests are not at risk based upon remedial measures the hotel has taken. Best Western flushed its water system yesterday under the supervision of Albany county officials and has also raised the temperature of the water in an attempt to kill off the bacteria.
The hotel has been instructed to inform current and prospective guests about the problem and the county is contacting guests who have recently stayed at the hotel.
Updates will be posted as they become available.
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