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Downtown Hotel Linked to Legionaires’ Outbreak

A hotel in downtown Chicago is the center of an outbreak of Legionaires’ Disease that has sickened eight people, two of which have died.

The JW Marriot Hotel on 151 W. Adams Street has been linked to eight cases of Legionaires’ Disease as all cases stayed at the hotel between mid-July and mid-August. Health department officials announced three cases last week. Letters have been sent to all guests who stayed at the hotel during that time period.

Legionaires’ Disease is a harsh form of pneumonia characterized by symptoms of headache, high fever and chest pains. Most people will not develop symptoms but those people with weak immune systems are at a higher risk for developing the illness. Legionaires’ is not passed from person-to-person; the disease bacteria lives in water sources that has warm water.

Marriot officials have drained pools, hot tubs and parts of their spa in response. Those guests who are experiencing symptoms associated with pneumonia are encouraged by health officials to see their doctors.

When staying at a hotel, it is assumed the premises is free from illness-causing bacteria. If you or a loved one knows someone who has gotten sick at a business, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 for professional legal representation.