Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Atlanta leaves 1 dead

  • Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Atlanta leaves 1 dead

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Atlanta leaves 1 dead

The number of individuals with Legionnaires' disease grew by nearly four times from 2000 to 2014, the CDC said.

A Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta suffered a small outbreak of Legionnaire's disease after several guests were diagnosed between July 12 and July 15.

The Atlanta outbreak was first liked to the Sheraton in July.

A 49-year-old woman has died after recently attending a conference at the Atlanta Sheraton hotel.

Garrett only spent a single day at the Sheraton on June 29 while attending a service industry conference.

In the days after, she came down with stomach problems, according to her father, Al Garrett, who lives two hours away in Augusta.

Concerned, he drove to Cameo's house on July 9 and found her dead in her bedroom. He found her dead in the home.

An autopsy confirmed that Garrett died of coronary artery atherosclerosis aggravated by Legionella pneumonia, Atlanta station WSB-TV reports.

"Testing of the property happened last week, and the hotel has voluntarily moved ahead with precautionary remedial activities while awaiting results", Peduzzi said.

The hotel will remain closed until at least Sunday.

Legionnaires' disease is an acute form of pneumonia-an inflammation of the lungs caused by infection-according to the Mayo Clinic.

So far, 11 more cases of Legionnaires' have been diagnosed - but health officials say another 61 people may also have it, judging by their symptoms, according to CNN.

Legionnaires' disease is a respiratory disease that can be contracted simply by inhaling Legionella bacteria. Folks can get sick when they breathe in a mist or accidentally take water into their lungs containing the bacteria. The New York Times reported 11 confirmed cases of the disease via the Georgia DPH at the time as well as 55 "probable" cases, with many patients having been admitted to the hospital but no confirmed deaths at the time.

The disease infects a predicted 10,000 to 18,000 folks in the U.S. every year, with some cases not reported to the health department.

Most people who get sick make a full recovery, and most healthy people exposed to the bacteria do not get sick, the state health department said.