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4 People Have Died from Legionnaire’s Outbreak Linked to Hot Tub Display at North Carolina State Fair

Four people have died and more than 140 people have been hospitalized from a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak linked to a hot tub display at the North Carolina State Fair. Health officials have linked the outbreak back to the Mountain State Fair, held September 6-15, 2019 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. The NC Department of Health and Human Services blamed a hot tub display within the Davis Event Center, as well as a cooling fan outside the center, for spreading microscopic water droplets containing the Legionella bacteria. How Does a Person Get Legionnaires’ Disease? Legionnaires’ is a serious lung infection caused when bacteria called Legionella are spread through water droplets in the air and breathed in, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A hot tub display provides the ideal environment for Legionella bacteria to grow in warm water. Legionella can also be found in cooling towers, plumbing systems, and decorative pools or fountains. It is not contagious, but can become deadly if left untreated. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ can include fever, chills, coughing, muscle aches, nausea, confusion, shortness of breath, and headaches, the CDC says. Legionnaires’ Linked to Death, Disease in Atlanta, Georgia This is the second major Legionnaires’ outbreak in the past two months. In August, a widespread outbreak of the disease left one woman dead and sickened dozens of others who were all guests at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The Legionnaire’s outbreak at the Sheraton Atlanta, one of Atlanta’s most popular downtown convention hotels, has already produced multiple cases. If you or a loved one is affected by Legionnaire’s disease, we want to help. Our experienced attorneys can help guide you through the next steps. Take Legal Action Now Cory Watson Attorneys has represented hundreds of clients throughout the country in Legionnaire’s outbreaks, including the most recent Sheraton Atlanta outbreak. Let our experience be your strength. If you were exposed to the bacteria, our experienced Legionnaires’ disease lawyers can help you determine your legal rights. If you have lost a loved one due to Legionnaires’ disease, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. We are a nationwide law firm that can help you no matter where you live. Call (877) 562-0000 or complete our free initial consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Shuts Down Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Atlanta’s sixth-largest hotel has shut down as health officials investigate an outbreak of the potentially deadly Legionnaires’ disease. The Sheraton Atlanta on Courtland Street, a popular downtown convention hotel, shut down on July 15 after guests who recently stayed at the hotel tested positive for the disease, which causes serious lung infections. A number of guests complained about lung problems after a convention. It is believed all five people sickened with Legionnaires were attending the same conference at the Sheraton Atlanta. What is Legionnaire’s Disease? Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia that often requires hospitalization, caused by the Legionella bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems. It can multiply in water fountains and ice-making machines, as well as air conditioning units. How Could Legionnaire’s Disease Spread at a Hotel? You can’t catch Legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get sick with the disease from inhaling the bacteria. Hotel guests may breathe in mist or steam and the bacterium makes its way into the lungs. Investigators have converged on the Sheraton Atlanta hotel, testing the water in pools, fountains, hot tubs, faucets and showerheads as they search for what caused the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Older adults, smokers, and those with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable. What are the Symptoms of Legionnaire’s Disease? Guests who stayed at the hotel may be experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness. Legionnaires’ usually develops two to 14 days after exposure to the bacteria and often begins with these symptoms: headache nausea muscle pain or aches chills a fever that might be 104 degrees or higher By the second or third day, other symptoms may include: cough shortness of breath chest pain diarrhea confusion or other mental changes Symptoms usually begin two to 14 days after being exposed to the bacteria, but it can take longer. People should watch for symptoms for about two weeks after exposure. Left untreated, the disease can be fatal. What Can Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Guests Do? Any guests who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel at any time between June 12 and July 15 should speak with their health-care provider if they are experiencing any symptoms of respiratory illness. If you or a loved one has stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta Downton hotel at 165 Courtland St NE in Atlanta, we want to help. Our experienced attorneys can help guide you through the next steps in your case. Cory Watson Attorneys has represented hundreds of clients throughout the country in Legionnaire’s Disease outbreaks. Our experience includes cases from those that have stayed in hotels like the Sheraton Atlanta, hospitals, nursing homes, and military installations. Take Legal Action Now Let our experience be your strength. If you were exposed to the Legionella bacterium, the experienced Legionnaires’ disease lawyers at Cory Watson can help you determine your legal rights. If you have lost a loved one due to Legionnaires’ disease, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. We are a nationwide law firm that can help you no matter where you live. Call (877) 562-0000 or complete the free initial consultation form on this page. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us today!

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Washington State Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Five people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease in Wenatchee, Washington.  According to Kiro 7 News, “The only common link found so far is that they all shopped in the produce section at the Safeway on North Miller Street in the last three weeks.” The Safeway grocery store in Wenatchee has since shut down their misters and is currently awaiting test results to see if, in fact, the misters are the source of the Legionella bacteria.

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New Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in the Bronx: One Dead, 13 Infected

This year’s third outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, New York leaves one dead and 13 infected, 11 of whom are hospitalized, according to NY 1 News. The cooling towers of seven buildings in the Morris Park neighborhood area have tested positive for Legionella bacteria, the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease. ABC 7 NY reported that officials tested 35 cooling towers over the weekend, 15 of which tested positive for Legionella. Some of the buildings have multiple contaminated cooling towers.

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Need to Know: Legionnaires’ Disease

Facts about Legionnaires’ disease, its Causes and Prevention   Did you know?  Legionnaires’ disease is a form of bacterial pneumonia that typically affects the elderly, those who have a weakened immune system, smokers and those who are on medications that suppress the immune system. Did you know?  Legionella bacteria causes the disease; it is transmitted when a person inhales mist that is contaminated with the bacteria.  Legionnaires’ disease cannot be spread by contact with a person who is sick. Did you know?  Several Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in 2015 have been traced to contaminated mist emitted by cooling towers that manage heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for large facilities. Did you know?  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Legionnaires’ disease kills approximately 4,000 people every year.

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A Legal Perspective on Legionella

Cory Watson attorney Andy Jones’s article, “A Legal Perspective on Legionella,” is featured in the American Association for Justice’s Spring 2015 STEP newsletter. The article contains a wealth of information about the disease caused by this bacteria, known as Legionnaires’ Disease. It also details how Legionnaire’s disease is spread, who is most affected, stories of those who were exposed, what is being done to control outbreaks, and who is responsible. Check out this excerpt from the article: “In an environment of increasing awareness of Legionella and its effects, there is little excuse when those responsible for public water systems fail to take steps to safeguard them against the bacteria.  An increasing number of lawsuits are being filed on behalf of those affected by Legionella outbreaks, and several of these have resulted in large trial verdicts.” – Andy Jones, Cory Watson Attorneys If you were exposed to the Legionella bacterium, the Legionnaires’ disease lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys can help you determine your legal rights. Call (877) 562-0000 today or complete our free initial consultation form. Don’t wait to reach out – your health may be on the line!

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