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10th case of Legionnaires' disease related to Sheraton Atlanta guests, visitors confirmed

The health department said there are no reported deaths due to Legionnaires’ disease among hotel guests.

The Georgia Department of Health as confirmed yet another case of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who recently stayed at or visited the Sheraton Atlanta.

This comes just two days after health officials confirmed three additional cases. The total number of cases now stands at 10.

The hotel closed its doors back on July 15, and officials said it would remain closed through at least Aug. 11 as they continue testing and trying to find the source.

Those who fell ill visited between late June and early July.

Hotel management said as soon as they learned of the possible Legionella exposure, the hotel "retained outside environmental consultants and is presently collecting samples at the hotel."

Samples are being collected from various areas of the hotel.

The hotel said they will assist guests who have upcoming reservations find lodging at nearby hotels. Guests whose reservations have been canceled will receive a full refund.

RELATED: What is Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by bacteria known as legionella.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires' disease can cause pneumonia-like symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache and fever. 

People can catch the disease by inhaling the bacteria in a public place. It can't be passed by skin from person to person.

While Legionnaires' disease is serious, it can be treated with antibiotics. Most people who get sick need hospitalization, but make a full recovery.

The health department said there have been no reported deaths due to Legionnaires’ disease among hotel guests.


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