Sheraton Atlanta Closed Due Legionnaires Outbreak

Sheraton Atlanta abruptly closed it doors late on Monday after three people who had stayed at the hotel were diagnosed with legionnaires disease.

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The hotel has relocated more than 450 guests to other area hotels on Monday and has closed future reservations until September 1st. Roughly one in ten who contact legionnaires die due to complications.

Here’s an excerpt from the CNN (access their piece here):

“Based on epidemiological evidence we have an outbreak among people who stayed at the [Sheraton Atlanta] during the same time period,” said Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health, on Tuesday.

Legionnaires’ is a serious form of pneumonia that is noncontagious. Guests who complained of lung problems and were later diagnosed with Legionnaires’ had attended a convention at the Atlanta hotel a couple of weeks ago.

The hotel had released the following statement to WSB-TV2 (access their piece here):

“The health and safety of our guests is our greatest priority. We are working closely with public health officials and outside experts to conduct testing to determine if Legionella is present at the hotel. As a result, out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to close the hotel while we await the results.  The Sheraton Atlanta is currently working to relocate its guests to nearby hotels. It is also reaching out to guests with upcoming reservations to assist in directing them to other nearby hotels. Guests whose reservations have been canceled will receive a full refund. ” – Ken Peduzzi, General Manager, Sheraton Atlanta

Sheraton Atlanta availability:

The hotel has closed reservations until September 1, 2019. Those that have reservations should contact Marriott customer care to help with alternate accommodations.

Conclusion

This is rather serious bacteria as the death rate is 10% of those infected with it. Let’s hope that Marriott and Sheraton Atlanta can quickly find the source of the bacteria and clear the hotel.