August 28th, 2012
03:27 AM ET

Legionnaires' disease outbreak kills 2 at Chicago hotel

A Chicago hotel has closed and drained its pool, hot tub and fountain in response to the deaths of two people who contracted the flu-like Legionnaires' disease, authorities said Monday.
Since August 14, health officials have recorded eight confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease, including the two deaths, among guests who visited the JW Marriott Chicago hotel in downtown Chicago.

"We believe that there is no ongoing health threat at the hotel. Individuals who stayed at the hotel during this time period who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to get in touch with a healthcare provider because it is important that all potential cases are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible," said Kathleen Ritger, a doctor at the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Legionnaires' disease is a respiratory bacterial infection usually spread through mist that comes from a water source, such as cooling towers, air conditioning or showers. It is not transmitted person to person. Symptoms of the disease include fever, chills and a cough.

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  1. ♚Mmmmm♛

    that is just nasty...bigtime slimy hotel culturing bacteria and putting their guests at risk...and then charging them forrit...yuck!

    August 28, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lmao @ mmmmm, they should get it for free???

    August 28, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      Heck ya! If I am spending good money at a 4 or 5 star hotel, I expect to get my Legionnaires' disease at no charge!

      August 28, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Way to go, Chicago!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. clare

    We have been sprayed with cemicals for quite a while. we are also having an out break of leishmaniasis. 67% of soldiers were in hospital for it. it comes from black fly bites. my daughter is infectesd with larvae that are insatiable feeders and her doctors don't know what to do. it is being bred in florida and ncsu as organic chemistry. it causes inflammation of the spleen and liver. antimony is the rx for its not available in the us. help!who do we contact? another with this is in penn. eaten alive in us.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. clare

    The larvae is as big as your pinkey finger and comes out alive. i have taken one to the lab and they were shocked to see this thing alive in water. you can hear them feeding inside her stomach at night. they are painful. the friend in penn has them coming out of her eyes and ears. who do we call to get this medicine before my daughter dies?????

    August 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |