August 12, 2019

Deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak at Atlanta hotel is the largest on record in Georgia

Source:, August 12, 2019
By: Jacqueline Howard, CNN

An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease tied to a prominent Atlanta hotel is the largest recorded Legionella outbreak in Georgia, an official with the public health department told CNN on Sunday.

One person died of the disease and 11 other cases were confirmed after stays or visits at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel between June 12 and July 15, Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health, said in an email.

There also have been 63 probable cases, Nydam said. Probable cases are those who have symptoms of the disease but have not yet had a laboratory test to confirm it. Last week, there were 61 probable cases.

The hotel closed July 16 and said it will remain shut until at least August 14, general manager Ken Peduzzi said in a statement Friday.…

January 11, 2019

New lawsuit filed against Sands Resort over Legionella outbreak

Source:, January 10, 2019
by: Max Sullivan

Stephen Uliano had no idea where he contracted pneumonia this summer until he read a news story two months later about a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak at Hampton Beach.

Now Uliano, who came to Hampton Beach with his girlfriend from New York this July, has filed the seventh lawsuit brought against the Sands Resort for negligence in exposing him to Legionella, alleging it caused his seven-day hospitalization at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The suit was filed Wednesday in Rockingham Superior Court against the Sands ownership, as well as Aqua Paradise Pools & Spas, which installed and maintained its hot tub.

State and federal officials say 19 people came down with Legionnaire’s disease while visiting the beach between June 10 and Aug. 26, one person dying afterwards, and they said last year the Sands was considered a likely source of the bacteria that causes the rare form of pneumonia.…

December 20, 2018

Hotel faces 2 new suits in outbreak of Legionnaires

Source:, December 20, 2018
By: Max Sullivan

Two more people filed lawsuits against the Sands Resort, alleging the Hampton Beach hotel was the source of their catching Legionnaires’ disease this summer, claiming they breathed in bacteria released from the hotel’s vents.

Randy Clark, of Brookline, Vermont, and Kurt Green, of North Andover, Massachusetts, both filed civil suits in Rockingham County Superior Court Tuesday against the Sands ownership, as well as Aqua Paradise Pools & Spas, which installed and maintained its hot tub. The Sands is now facing six total suits alleging negligence for allowing Legionella bacteria to exist in its water and infect guests or those nearby.

The Ashworth Avenue hotel is believed by state and federal officials to be a likely source of a cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases. Nineteen people were identified as having come down with the rare form of pneumonia while visiting Hampton Beach this summer. One person from out of state died after contracting the disease, according to health officials.

The new suits state Green and Clark did not stay at the Sands when they were exposed to the bacteria. Green, his suit states, rode past the hotel on his motorcycle multiple times during his stay at the beach June 13-14 and walked by on the sidewalk. Clark stayed at the beach from July 23-25 and drove by and walked in close proximity to the Sands.

Both suits state Green and Clark inhaled aerosolized Legionella bacteria carried by steam or vapors from vents at the Sands. They both claim the plaintiffs had symptoms like fatigue, chills, aches and fever, and Clark was admitted to the emergency room.

The suits claim the sickness was “solely as a result of the defendant’s negligence, carelessness and recklessness.” The suits do not name a specific amount sought, only asking for an award “within the jurisdictional limits” of the court.

Sands owner Tom Saab has declined to comment on the suits and did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday’s filings. He has said his hotel has cleaned its water supply of the bacteria since the cluster was identified. The state has also allowed the hotel to remove signs from its doors warning guests the bacteria was detected at the Sands, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Saab has also said the Sands hot tub, which produces airborne water particles that allow people to catch the disease, has been shut down.

Clark’s suit states he stayed at the Harris Sea Ranch, which was also considered a potential source of Legionella bacteria but whose water tested negative for the bacteria. Clark’s attorney Emile Bussiere said no suit was filed against the Harris Sea Ranch because there was no evidence that hotel had Legionella in its water supply.…

December 3, 2018

Three more suits filed against hotel over Legionnaire’s

Source:, November 23, 2018
By: Max Sullivan

Three more lawsuits have been filed against a Hampton Beach hotel identified by state officials as a likely source of a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak this summer.

The suits were filed this past Tuesday in Rockingham Superior Court by three plaintiffs from Massachusetts, bringing the total number of suits faced by the Sands Resort at Ashworth Avenue to four since September. The suits allege the hotel’s spas and water system carried water infected by Legionella bacteria, causing the plaintiffs to be hospitalized with Legionnaire’s disease in the days after their stays at the resort this summer.

A cluster of Legionnaire’s disease cases was identified by state health officials in August, and the number of cases grew to 19, one of those being fatal. Health officials, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have said the Sands was a likely source of the outbreak after testing water there and other parts of the beach.

The suits were filed by Nicole Murphy, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, Kathleen Foley, of Monson, Massachusetts, and Bruce Chester, of Gardner, Massachusetts. Those three join Louise M. Pare, also of Gardner, and Celeste M. Billington of Templeton, Massachusetts, who filed suit against the Sands Sept. 7. All four of those suing the Sands were represented by the Manchester-based Bussiere & Bussiere, P.A.…

November 27, 2018

More lawsuits filed in wake of deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Hampton

Source:, November 26, 2018
By:Jason Schreiber

Sands Resort Management Co. is facing three new lawsuits over an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the Hampton Beach hotel during late summer that infected 18 people and resulted in one death.

The lawsuits filed last week in Rockingham County Superior Court follow the first suit that was brought in September.

State health officials have pointed to the hot tub at the Sands Resort, located at 32 Ashworth Ave., as a source of the Legionnaires’ disease that infected visitors between June and August. Sixteen of those who fell ill required hospitalization.

State health officials said Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria and is acquired from breathing in small droplets of water that contain the bacteria.

Results from testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed water samples taken from the Sands Resort hot tub were found to be growing the same strain of Legionella bacteria that was isolated from a patient diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and who reported staying at the Sands Resort, health officials said.…

November 8, 2018

Carbon monoxide leak at downtown Nashville Westin hotel sends several to hospital

Source:, November 7, 2018
By: Natalie Neysa Alund and Mariah Timms

Emergency crews evacuated a portion of the Westin hotel in downtown Nashville on Wednesday morning and transported several people to the hospital after authorities detected a carbon monoxide leak in the building.

The Nashville Fire Department and Metro police responded about 6:50 a.m. at 807 Clark Place, a Metro Nashville dispatcher said.

According to fire officials, the leak sickened 14 people, and crews transported six victims to the hospital.

A Westin employee who answered the phone Wednesday morning said the hotel was not completely evacuated.…