The Rodeway Inn and Suites in Tomahawk, Wi has reopened after a temporary closure during an investigation of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that sickened two people. The Lincoln County Health Department said it issued Rodeway a conditional permit to reopen because the northern Wisconsin hotel has met interim requirements to eliminate Legionella bacteria from its water system.

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Legionella Bacteria - CDC
Legionella bacteria cause Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. This colorized, enlarged image of Legionella bacteria is from the CDC.

Legionnaires’ disease is transmitted when water droplets containing Legionella bacteria are inhaled. Although they exist in nature, Legionella bacteria grow best within the confines of complex water systems in large commercial, residential and health care settings. Because overgrowth in these settings is a known risk, owners and property managers must have good water management plans in place.

The interim measures taken by the Rodeway Inn include the installation of filters on faucets and showerheads and the closure of the pool and whirlpool. The hotel is working with a Legionella specialist on the development of a long-term water management plan which must be approved by county and state health departments.

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