More testing for Legionnaires’ disease bacteria planned

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Seventy-one cases of the flu-like disease have been reported since mid-July in the South Bronx, up from 31 on Thursday, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Sunday, August 2, 2015.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) _ Health officials are expected to perform additional testing this week at a northeast Missouri hotel where the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease was found.

Three guests who stayed at the Best Western on the River Hotel in Hannibal became ill, and one of them died, though health officials have not confirmed that the death was due to the disease. The hotel is in the Mark Twain Historic District of Hannibal. State health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed testing last month.

Hotel owner Aswin Patel told WGEM-TV (http://bit.ly/1RzCc1a ) that chlorine treatment was used to clean the affected building, one of two that houses guests at the hotel. That building remains closed. A second building remains open because no traces of the bacteria were found there.