Infectious disease

September 21, 2010

Improper Duct Sealing Leads to Legionella

Acknowledgement to Great American

Several office employees became ill from legionella. The cause of the legionella was the improper sealing of the ducts during the installation of a new HVAC unit which allowed condensation to build up. The employees brought suit against the property owner and the contractor.…

September 1, 2010

Dubai tests for Legionnaires link

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A five-star hotel in Dubai is testing for Legionnaires’ Disease after three guests contracted the illness.

One of the guests of the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, British cricket scorer and broadcaster Bill Frindall, died on Thursday after leaving Dubai.

A spokeswoman for the hotel said all tests for the bacterium that causes the disease had been negative so far but that checks were still being made.

The disease is a form of pneumonia spread through airborne water droplets. …

September 1, 2010

After tourist dies of Legionnaires’ disease, downtown Miami’s EPIC Hotel closes to guests

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By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

In the last three months, a European tourist who’d stayed at the luxury EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami died from Legionnaires’ disease, while two other prior guests had fallen ill with the same serious form of pneumonia, according to the Miami Herald.

Because all three people had stayed at the EPIC, Miami-Dade Health Department officials on Friday issued an advisory to EPIC Hotel guests. Since then, EPIC had to relocate some 400 guests so they’d stop coming into contact with the hotel’s water, which is what health officials believe is the problem, the Herald article says.

Hotel officials are currently working with health officials to resolve the problem, according to a company statement (see below). The EPIC – opened less than a year ago by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels – has temporarily stopped accepting new guests, the statement says.…

September 1, 2010

Legionnaire’s disease at Miami Hotel Sickens 300, Kills 1

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The Associated Press
Published: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 9:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:48 p.m.

MIAMI – About 300 guests have been relocated from a luxury Miami hotel after one guest died and at least two others became sick since October from Legionnaire’s disease.

Health officials say the guests at the EPIC Hotel were sent to nearby hotels Sunday to prevent further contact with the waterborne bacterial disease.

People can become infected by breathing in mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria. It cannot spread from person to person, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An investigation revealed that the hotel had installed a water filter powerful enough to remove chlorine from its city-supplied water, which encouraged bacterial growth.

County health officials have not specified yet when the man died or released any information about him.…

September 1, 2010

Four Guests Diagnosed: Legionnaires’ Disease Reported

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Oct. 18, 2008
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bacterium found at Polo Towers


The Southern Nevada Health District issued a warning to past and present guests of Polo Towers on Friday that a bacterium common in warm water that causes Legionnaires’ disease was discovered in the resort’s water system.

The health district, along with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, took water samples at the resort recently after four guests were diagnosed with the disease. Two of the guests were diagnosed in August and September, and two others in 2007, health officials said.…

September 1, 2010

Waterborne Illness Costs $539M Per Year

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The hospitalization cost of three U.S. waterborne diseases comes to more than $500 million annually, federal health officials say.

Study authors Michael Beach of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthcare costs for three common waterborne diseases — Legionnaires’ disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis — amount to $539 million annually.

Using data from a large insurance claims database from 2004 to 2007, Beach and colleagues estimated the hospitalization cost of the waterborne diseases. For each disease, they calculated the cost paid by the insurer, the out-of-pocket cost to the patient and the total amount paid.…