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Legionnaires OutbreakSubmitted: 08/21/2019
Legionnaires Outbreak
Story By Zackery White

TOMAHAWK - The Rodeway Inn in Tomahawk re-opened this week after being closed over the weekend for an outbreak of Legionnaires disease.

Legionnaire's Disease infected two people who stayed at the hotel within the last year.

The disease comes from a naturally occurring bacteria that is found in bodies of water.

But sometimes the bacteria can make its way from that large body of water into a system, like a hotel or a nursing home.

It cannot be caught from person to person contact, but it can be caught from contact with contaminated water.


"It does carry disease to people through water, like a mist from a shower, would be an example of how you can get Legionella, Legionnaire's Disease," said Shelly Hershil, The Director of the Lincoln County Health Department.

The disease doesn't make everybody sick.

It usually hits a certain demographic.

"Legionnaire's diseases, is more towards people who are 50 years or older, maybe if they have an immune system that's weak, they are more apt to the disease than someone who is healthy," said Hershil

The disease is a type of pneumonia with no vaccine, but can be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms of Legionnaire's Disease include muscle ache, fever, cough, and headaches.

It can take anywhere from two days to two weeks until a person gets sick.

You can lower your chances of contracting Legionnaire's disease by putting filters on water faucets or getting checked if you display any symptoms.



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