Two guests contract legionnaires disease at St. Louis County hotel

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — A west St. Louis County hotel could be the source of a Legionella outbreak. Preliminary test results show the legionella germ was found here at the Marriott West.

Two hotel guests were diagnosed with Legionnaires disease in October and November after staying at the Town and Country hotel.  Preliminary test results found the legionella germ in water used for drinking, showers and in the cooling system.

Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services says people can get legionnaires disease, a serious type of pneumonia, by breathing in small water droplets containing the germ. Symptoms usually develop two to ten days after being exposed to the bacteria.

The investigation is ongoing as to if the Marriott West is the source.  A culture is being done and once that is complete there will be more clear information.

Marriott West Hotel released this statement about the outbreak: "The health and well-being of our guests and team members is our top priority. As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we fully cooperated with the health department to allow them to test and evaluate all of the hotel's systems. Preliminary traces of the bacteria were discovered in some of the samples. While MO DHSS is waiting for the final culture tests, which will take up to 10 days to grow, we are working closely with them on a plan of action to eradicate the bacteria and create and maintain a safe environment for everyone. We will continue to update everyone as the solutions are implemented and systems are re-tested for safety."


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