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Four Crookston Hotel Cases of Legionnaires Illness



Four people were reported sick between January 22 and January 27 after being at Crookston Inn and the conference center. None of them stayed at the hotel for the night and visited the hotel for various occasions, according to the Department of Health in a press release. Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria, which usually spread to humans by inhalation of contaminated water fog – often from sources such as water systems, damp channels and hot tubs. It does not extend from one person to another under normal circumstances.

Public health officials work with the hotel to find out what may have been the cause of an outbreak. Based on available data and past flashes, the Department of Health now considers that an outbreak may occur in the spa, which is currently closed to laboratory tests.

The hotel tells the people who stayed there between January 1

4 and February 13 that they may have been exposed.

Spas are often a source of outbreaks due to high temperatures, which causes the water to become beautiful droplets that hang

Every year, 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Legionnaires are usually treated with antibiotics, but in rare cases it can be fatal. People who are more than 50 years old, smokers, people with weakened immune system, chronic diseases of the lungs and diabetes are especially vulnerable to infection. Legionnaires' symptoms include fever, malaise pain, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite.


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