Largest Legionella Outbreak Recorded in Georgia
An official from the public health department told CNN that an outbreak from Atlanta hotel is the largest legionella outbreak recorded in Georgia. Between 15th July and 12th, August one person had died, and 11 others were infected by this disease. The hotel where the person stayed closed from July 16th, “During our closure, we have been working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton County Board of Health and environmental experts to conduct testing to ensure there is no threat of Legionella infection,” Peduzzi wrote. “A thorough cleaning of the hotel’s entire water distribution system has been completed as a precautionary measure, including cleaning, scrubbing, and chlorination of all water features.”
63 people have shown the symptoms but have not yet had a laboratory test to confirm it. Legionnaires is a type of lung disease that spreads when a person breathes in mist which contains legionella, though the chances for the spread of infection between people is low. It is treated with antibiotics and in most cases, the patients are healed completely but people above 50 and those who have a history of smoking are at greater risk.
There has been a large increase in people affected by Legionnaires from 2000 to 2014. About 7500 cases have been reported to CDC in 2017 alone. The first outbreak in the United States was recorded while pneumonia occurred among people attending a function of American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. Out of 182 cases reported then,29 of them died. In 1985, 175 people 28 people out of 175 people admitted died in Strafford, England. The largest outbreak was recorded in Murcia, Spain with more than 800 suspected cases and six dead. Diagnosis is usually done by a urinary antigen test and sputum culture. “The hotel will remain shut until at least August 14” general manager Ken Pedduzzi said in a statement on Friday