The Albany Times Union is reporting that six guests at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany were sickened by Legionnaire's disease, a bacterial infection. The infections are reported to have occurred from September to December 2011.
According to the report, the hotel's water system showed elevated levels of legionella bacteria, which can cause pneumonia-like symptoms including fever, chills, cough, muscle soreness and headaches. Symptoms usually develop within 2 to 14 days of exposure. According to the CDC, 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized annually with Legionnaire's disease.
Also according to the CDC, "The Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grow best in warm water, like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems, or parts of the air-conditioning systems of large buildings. They do not seem to grow in car or window air-conditioners."
The bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease got its name after hundreds of people were infected with it during a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Water-borne outbreaks of bacteria and disease are particularly dangerous as they can affect large groups of people in a very short period of time. The law firm of Dreyer Boyajian LLP is co-counsel to a class of individuals sickened in a Norovirus outbreak at a large waterpark in upstate New York.
If you believe that you were affected by the Best Western Legionnaire's outbreak, it is crucial that you seek medical care and contact an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. The team of personal injury attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP has extensive experience in pursuing claims on behalf of individuals and groups sickened in viral and bacterial outbreaks. To speak to an Albany, NY personal injury lawyer about this case, call (518)463-7784 for a free consultation.