Two cases of Legionnaire's disease confirmed at Laughlin casino-hotel

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Two cases of Legionnaire's disease have been confirmed at Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino over a six-month period, health officials say.

The Southern Nevada Health District said in a statement that the two cases were reported in November 2017 and March 2018.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed both cases in people who stayed at the hotel, and testing found the presence of Legionella bacteria, according to the Health District.

The hotel has started disinfecting the water system, and it has started proactive water management efforts. The Health District says it will conduct more testing of water systems to see if the bacteria are still present.

Legionnaire's disease is a type of pneumonia that's contracted when inhaling droplets of contaminated water, such as through a shower, hot tub or mister. Most people who contract the bacteria do not get sick, but some people can be at increased risk for developing symptoms, which can include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches.

Symptoms usually would begin within two to 10 days of exposure, and health officials say those who stayed at Harrah's and did not develop symptoms after two weeks are not at risk for the disease.

Anyone who has developed symptoms is asked to seek medical attention. They can also report their illness to the Health District through an online survey.

The CDC considers an outbreak of Legionnaire's is happening when two or more cases associated with the same place in a 12-month period.

Caesars Entertainment has released a statement:

Recently, the Southern Nevada Health District determined that two people who are believed to have separately stayed at Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel and Casino in November 2017 and March 2018 were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease (a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria). Harrah's Laughlin has been working closely with the SNHD to investigate this matter and take aggressive remediation action to ensure the safety of the water. This includes the implementation of an updated water management plan and disinfection efforts of the water systems. We will continue to monitor our water quality in accordance with the SNHD’s guidance to ensure the safety of the water system and our guests.
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