For the second time this year, cases of Legionnaire's disease are being reported at the Albany Best Western Sovereign Hotel. The Albany Times Union reports that two new cases of the bacterial infection have occurred despite a two-month closure of the hotel during which operators tried to remove the bacteria from the water system. The sickened individuals stayed at the hotel on May 16 and 17.
Earlier in the year, tests of the Best Western'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 harm 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 near Lake George, New York.
If you believe that you were affected by the most recent 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 personal injury attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP has extensive experience in pursuing these claims on behalf of individuals and groups sickened by viral and bacterial outbreaks. To speak to an Albany, NY personal injury lawyer about your case, please call (518)463-7784 for a free consultation, or click here and we will contact you.