Nevada residents may be aware that at least one death has been attributed to a recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 13 cases of the disease and identified a further 66 probable cases. A GDPH representative said on Aug. 15 that traces of Legionella bacteria had been found in water samples collected from the Sheraton's cooling tower and an atrium fountain.
Legionnaire's disease is a potentially deadly form of pneumonia spread by a bacteria that lives in freshwater. The bacteria poses a public health hazard when it enters a building's water system and collects in hot water tanks and cooling towers. Symptoms of the disease include chills, fatigue, nausea, breathing difficulties and bouts of coughing. These signs can persist for two months after patients start receiving treatment.