Two guests at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon, MO contracted Legionnaires’ disease after using the hot tub and pool during their stay last month. People get Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, when they inhale droplets of contaminated water. It is not transmitted through person-to-person contact.
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Health officials tested the water in various areas of the hotel. Water from the hot tub was positive for legionella, that bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. Guests who visited the hot tub area during a recent stay should monitor themselves for symptoms of a legionella infection, health officials warn. These include: fever, headache, cough, shortness of breath, and muscle aches.
Some people, especially those over 50, current and former smokers, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of developing this disease than others. They include people over 50, current and former smokers, people with weakened immune systems, and people with underlying medical conditions.
Legionella bacteria exist in nature, but grow best in warm, stagnant water. Outbreaks frequently occur at large buildings with complex plumbing systems such as hospitals, hotels, and long-term care facilities. That’s why such facilities must have water management plans. The hotel, located near Highways 36 and 63, is now working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to develop a hot tub and pool water management plan.
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