Six cases of the pneumonia-like disease were discovered at the Aria Hotel & Casino, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Public Information Manager Jennifer Sizemore stated that sampling was conducted at the resort after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed her that cases of the disease were found in out-of-state visitors who stayed at the hotel, reported Medical News Today.
n cooperation with the health district, Aria Resort contacted guests who stayed at their hotel from June 21 to July 4, when water tests detected elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in several of their guest rooms.
The common and naturally occurring bacteria exists in most water supplies and in some circumstances, may lead to respiratory illness or pneumonia. It grows best in warm water, hot and cold water taps, hot water tanks, and water in air conditioning systems.
The bacteria originated in 1976, when people who attended a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of the disease. In 2011, the bacteria was also found in a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles; 439 people became sick as a result.
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