2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease could be linked to the Wake Forest Hotel

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Wake County is investigating two diagnosed cases of Legionella that may be linked to a hotel in Wake Forest.

Two people who visited the Clarion Pointe Hotel fell ill. Both have received treatment and are recovering.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella which is usually found in water.

Wake County Public Health encourages anyone who visited the hotel between May 1 and June 2 to monitor themselves for symptoms and to seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious form of pneumonia caused by inhaling small water droplets containing bacteria called Legionella. The bacteria is not normally transmitted from person to person. Exposure to Legionella is typically associated with large or complex water systems such as those found in hotels, hospitals, and cruise ships.

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include:

Wake County Public Health and Wake County Environmental Services, along with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, are investigating potential sources of exposure to Legionella bacteria in these two cases.

Anyone with questions can call Wake County Public Health at (919) 250-1029.

Most healthy people who are exposed to the bacteria do not get sick. Being 50 or older or having certain risk factors can increase your risk of getting sick, including people who smoke or have smoked, have chronic lung disease, and have weakened immune systems.

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