Dying of Legionnaires’ disease in a hotel isn’t the sort of thing most clients are worried about, especially when the hotel is JW Marriott. A Legionnaires’ outbreak in JW Marriott Chicago hotel killed two.
According to data from the Centers for Disease and Control, there are 18000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported each year in the United States. For the most part, when people are traveling dying of Legionnaires’ isn’t for the most part on the list of concerns. But a Legionnaires’ outbreak in JW Marriott Chicago hotel that already killed two might be enough to reconsider health safety.
Eight guests have been confirmed to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. All of them stayed with the Chicago hotel between July 16th and August 15th. Second person died after contracting the severe form of pneumonia that apparently originated at JW Marriott.
8500 persons stayed at the hotel in downtown Chicago during the month between July 16th and August 15th. The Chicago Department of Public Health said earlier this week it already received more than 100 calls from the hotel’s customers. Obviously for JW Marriott business isn’t going well and it doesn’t help they still haven’t found the origin of the bacteria.
“I didn’t know that anyone had died. I’m a little worried. I checked in last night and I’m leaving tomorrow” said one of the hotel’s clients. “It’s scary but I’m sure they’re taking proper precautions” said another client at JW Marriott in Chicago.
In the meanwhile, health care officials are telling people in Chicago there’s no reason to worry about a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the city. The city’s Department of Health added “there is currently no ongoing health risk at the hotel”. Seeing as the JW Marriott shut down the decorative fountain, the pool, hot tub and partially the spa too, there’s little relief the Legionnaires’ outbreak is contained.
The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ thrives in water and can spread very easily through vapor and mist. Symptoms of the disease include shortness of breath, chest pain, high fever, chills, cough and headache and usually occur two to 15 days after exposure. Considered to be a severe form of pneumonia, Legionnaires’ disease causes death in 5 to 30 percent of the cases.