Legionnaires' disease hits again!!! The bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been detected in water samples at the Luxor hotel-casino subsequent to a guest died of the form of pneumonia recently. Last year, three guests were hit by the disease caused by Legionella bacteria at Luxor, which was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national surveillance program. During the spring season of 2011, water of Las Vegas Strip was tested but Legionella bacteria were not detected, and the affected guests recovered soon. Owner of Luxor, MGM Resorts International instantly began a remediation process after the detection of bacteria.
Bacteria of Legionnaire are usually found in the environment or in fresh water. The Symptoms of this disease habitually begin within two weeks of being exposed to the bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control, those who are condemned to these bacteria don't get sick. The bacteria aren’t spread between people but are found most probably in warm water and those who breathe in mist or vapor that has been contaminated. People over age 50, Smokers, those who have chronic lung disease or weak immune systems are mostly subjected to Legionnaire. Treatment procedures comprise super-chlorination of the water system and superheating.
While, spokesman of MGM Resorts, Gordon Absher claimed that the safety procedures followed at their hotels are trustworthy. Their topmost priority is the health of guest and employee of their company. Even before last summer, they led aggressive and stringent programs to control Legionella issues. Even though, they claimed that the water systems of the resort have been prevented, the bacteria stuck the water. Though the company is already facing a civil lawsuit from guests who were infected with Legionella at the Aria Resort & Casino, the new cases are coming up. Every year between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease and 30 percent of cases are sentenced to death. According to District officials, one-fourth of reported Legionnaires' cases are associated with travel because of which health investigators investigates travel histories for individual cases.