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Two individuals have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after using the hot tub and pool at a Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services tested the water at the hotel and found the presence of the Legionella bacteria in the hot tub.
Legionnaires’ disease is contracted when individuals breathe in particles contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. Sources of exposure at hotels are commonly the pool and hot tub area, as well as showers and faucets. The first symptoms to appear are usually flu-like (fever, tiredness, muscle aches, and headache). Signs of a serious Legionella lung infection include cough and chest pain.
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services has asked that anyone who has recently visited the Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon, Missouri watch for symptoms and seek medical attention immediately if they appear.
As this situation is ongoing, we will post an update when more information becomes available.
For more information on Legionnaires’ disease, check out the National Academies of Sciences Management of Legionella in Water Systems Report Here.
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*Note: This photo does not depict the pool or hot tub at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon, Missouri*