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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Six former guests of Aria have been diagnosed with the disease, a form of pneumonia. All of the patrons have recovered.

Legionnaires’ disease can be very serious and can cause death in up to 5% to 30% of cases. Most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics, and healthy people usually recover from infection. Aria officials are notifying guests who stayed at the hotel from June 21 to July 4 that they might have been exposed to the bacteria, and if they feel ill to quickly seek medical attention.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, “Legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease, is often found in air-conditioning cooling towers, whirlpool spas, showers, faucets or other water sources. The bacterium can rapidly reproduce in warm, stagnant waters.” The hotel received inspections that determined the bacteria was present in the showers and faucets of numerous rooms.

Please contact a health care provider immediately if you stayed at Aria in June or July of this year and you are feeling ill or showing sysmptoms of the disorder.

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