Deadly disease hits posh Las Vegas hotel

Jul 20, 2011

Potentially deadly disease hits Sin City

There has been a reported outbreak of Legionnaires Disease at the high-end Aria Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip, ABC News reports. A total of six hotel guests were treated for the bacteria-borne disease, but it is feared many more may have been infected.

The disease can sometimes turn into a deadly form of pneumonia, possibly increasing the number of life insurance claims in Sin City. After the hotel received reports regarding the illnesses they tested the guest rooms. The resort found concentrations of the legionella bacteria in several of their rooms, according to New York Daily News.

"You can drink legionella and not get ill, you actually have to inhale very small droplets in order to get the disease," Patricia Rowley of the Southern Nevada Health District told Fox 5 Vegas.

The disease has been found in air-conditioning systems, hot tubs and showers in past reported outbreaks, but it was unclear how it was transmitted in the hotel. In February, more than 200 guests at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion fell ill and four went on to develop a mild form of the disease. It is suspected that the mansion's hot tub spread the bacteria, ABC reports. 

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