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Legionnaires Discovered at Aria
Legionnaires Discovered at Aria

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AIR DATE: July 20, 2011

The Aria Hotel and Casino recently sent letters to its guests, telling them they may have been exposed to the bacteria causing Legionnaires disease between June 21-July 4.  Six former Aria guests reported being diagnosed with Legionnaires disease.  So what is Legionnaires?  How did it get into Aria's water system?  And why is the hotel sending out warning letters now, when the CDC notified Southern Nevada health officials of the potential problem back in 2010?  A Southern Nevada Health District expert joins us with some answers.
 
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Mark Bergthholdt, Environ Health Supervisor, Southern Nevada Health District

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COMMENTS:
Does the pneumonia vaccine protect against Legionella?
Paula FrancisJul 19, 2011 09:36:52 AM
No, the pneumonia vaccine protects only against lung infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, not Legionnella pneumophila.
Nancy MenzelJul 20, 2011 10:14:32 AM
How are staff supposed to be informed? Is this an OSHA issue?
CynthiaJul 18, 2011 11:33:03 AM
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