"Probable cases" are people who have symptoms of the disease, including diagnosed pneumonia for some, but without laboratory confirmation.
"Based on epidemiological evidence, we have an outbreak among people left in (Sheraton Atlanta) during the same time period," she said. Guests who complained of lung problems and were later diagnosed with legionnaires attended a convention at a hotel in Atlanta a few weeks ago.
The bacterium causes Legionnaires was not confirmed at the hotel she rented. external experts to test The State Department of Health, the Fulton County Health Board and environmental experts are also working with the hotel to test for the bacteria.
"This is a typical way of dealing with these situations, as evaluation and testing can be complicated," according to Nidam. The State Department of Health and other agencies will work with the hotel on the next steps in the investigation.
Thousands of infected each year
In addition to the relocation of these guests in nearby hotels, Sheraton is associated with upcoming guests with reservations, according to Ken Pedutsi, general manager of the hotel.
"All guests with reservations made before August 11 are notified of the hotel's temporary closure and are working with Marriott and Sheraton Atlanta associates to find alternative accommodations. Guests whose reservations are canceled will receive full refunds," he said and added
James Francie, one of more than 400 displaced guests, told the WSB: "It's a travel hazard … so it happens. The CDC is here in town, so it's great."
Symptoms of Legionnaires 'Disease
Scientists called the disease "Legionnaires' Disease" after an epidemic in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people attending a state convention of the American Legion.
Legionella bacteria naturally occur in the environment, grow best in warm water and can be found in shower heads and taps, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains or water systems in large buildings, according to the Georgia Department of Health. 189 cases of Legionnaires' disease in 2018 and 172 cases in 2017 were reported in Georgia