Days after their late-June stay at Aloft San Jose Cupertino, Dan and Rita Miles were hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia that develops when contaminated water vapor is inhaled. During an investigation, health officials found Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, in the hotel’s spa and closed it for decontamination. There was also something important they didn’t find in the water samples collected from the spa, an ABC 7 News report. Chlorine.
According to inspection records obtained by the news team, there were “no detectable levels of chlorine found in the water samples collected at Aloft San Jose Cupertino.” There were also no containers of chlorine or muriatic on site. The hotel had run out of them and was waiting for a delivery expected on July 5.
Disinfectants like chlorine are used to kill dangerous bacteria like Legionella, a known risk in hot tubs, spas, and pools. “Because high water temperatures make it hard to maintain the disinfectant levels needed to kill germs like Legionella, making sure that the hot tub has the right disinfectant and pH levels is essential,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“When spas and hot tubs aren’t properly maintained, people can get very sick or die,” said Erc Hageman, a Legionnaires’s disease lawyer, whose firm represents clients nationwide. Dan and Rita Miles became very sick.
The Long Beach couple attended a family gathering at the hotel, located at 241 Moorpark Ave, on June 25 and 26 and made use of the spa and pool, according to an ABC 7 news report. Shortly after they returned home, they began to feel under the weather. Soon they were having difficulty breathing. Feverish, exhausted, and dehydrated, they called 911. At Long Beach Hospital they were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and admitted. Rita was there for five days, Dan’s nine-day stay included four days on a ventilator.
Rita, who is a nurse, told the station that she was so dehydrated her urine was red by the time she got to the emergency room and that an x-ray showed Dan’s lungs were completely white.
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