2 guests contract Legionnaires' disease at Rio Las Vegas

Ebony Scott
June 11, 2017

The guests who contracted the respiratory disease stayed at the hotel separately in March and April, the Southern Nevada Health District said.

Legionnaires' disease is a lung infection that can, in rare instances, cause death.

A guest at the Luxor died in January 2012 of Legionnaires' disease while several others contracted the illness.

After the second illness was reported in late May, the hotel found Legionella in the hot-water system of one of the hotel's two towers during a test, Mark Bergtholdt, the district's environmental health supervisor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Out of caution, guests are being relocated from rooms where the fixes are happening, the Rio's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, said.

The district continues to investigate. The Health District said they're working with the Rio to conduct remediation and follow up sampling to ensure remediation efforts are effective.

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It's a type of serious pneumonia that can sometimes be fatal. Rio guests who stayed at the property more than that period should be OK, but those who spot the symptoms in under those 14 days should seek medical attention.

According to the CDC, the disease spreads after the bacteria grows and multiplies in a building water system and the contaminated water spreads into droplets small enough for people to breathe in. However, it is less common for people to contract the disease like that; but people with swallowing difficulties should be cautious, as they are at increased risk. People can get Legionnaires' disease through drinking water, but that water would have had to "go down the wrong pipe". Symptoms are similar to that of pneumonia, including coughing, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria.

Most patients recover after treatment with antibiotics.

The disease got its name from a deadly 1976 outbreak in Philadelphia that largely affected people attending an American Legion convention. The guest who became ill in December died the following month.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is now hosting the 48 World Series of Poker, which started in late May and will conclude with the main event in mid-July.

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