Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Atlanta Sheraton Shutters Hotel, May Have Sickened Dozens

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 July 2019
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IMG_3105 (1)Dozens of people who stayed at a Sheraton hotel in Atlanta may have contracted Legionnaires’ Disease, officials said.

“The Georgia Department of Public Health and Fulton County Board of Health are investigating an outbreak of Legionella infection at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta,” the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a statement.

As a result of the outbreak, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has “voluntarily decided to close until the source of the Legionella is located and remediation is complete,” the agency said.

Former guests of the hotel who stayed there between June 12, 2019 and July 15 who are experiencing or have experienced symptoms compatible with Legionnaires’ Disease, such as fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath, should seek medical attention immediately.

Legionnaires’ Disease is a form of pneumonia that is fatal in one out of ten cases.  The name “Legionnaires’ Disease” comes from an outbreak at a 1976 convention for the American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia.  An outbreak there killed dozens of attendees and left health officials baffled.

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