A recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the US has made news headlines. The center point of the disease has been uncovered. Authorities believe that the disease either originated or mainly spread in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton hotel.
There have been 11 confirmed cases and one fatality that have been linked with Sheraton hotel guests. The affected people stayed at the hotel between the 12th and 15th of July. It is being suspected that other people might have been infected during their stay and 63 possible infections are being addressed.
The hotel has chosen to close down on the 16th of July and fully cooperate with local authorities from the Department of Health. Experts are analyzing the site to uncover if the virus originated from the hotel or from an outside source.
Legionnaires’ is easily treated
Legionnaires’ disease can be confused with a serious cold or pneumonia. It is, in fact, a severe form of pneumonia that can be successfully treated if caught early on. Most people make a full recovery when treated with antibiotics. But it does have the power to cause death in an individual if it is not treated accordingly.
This is not a disease that is transmitted from person to person. It is found in contaminated water supplies or in air conditioning systems that release the airborne virus. Because of this, authorities have proceeded to scrub out the air conditioning system and all water features in the Sheraton Hotel as a precautionary method.
The disease is not that rare as it seems. There are thousands of cases each year in the US alone, with 10 percent of people dying from the virus. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) gets thousands of reported cases but there are still undiagnosed patients that end up dying due to the familiarity with the cold-like symptoms.