3 Legionnaires’ Disease Cases That May Be Linked To The Wake Forest Hotel

WAKE FOREST, NC (WNCN) – Wake County health officials said a third case of Legionnaires’ disease may be linked to a hotel in Wake Forest.

Wake County Public Health said it needed to run a series of tests to confirm the case.

In the past week, the health department confirmed two diagnosed cases illness. Both infected with the disease visited the Clarion Pointe Wake Forest Hotel at 12401 Wake Union Church Rd.

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

Wake County officials said they are encouraging anyone who visited the Clarion Pointe Wake Forest Hotel between May 1 and June 2 to “monitor themselves for symptoms.”

The press release states that everyone should seek medical help from a general practitioner or Legionella general practitioner clinic if they experience symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include:

  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Muscle cramp;
  • Headache; and
  • Fever.

Most healthy people who are exposed to the bacteria don’t get sick. Being 50 years or older or having certain risk factors can increase your chances of getting sick. This may include people who:

  • are current or former smokers;
  • have chronic lung disease;
  • have a weakened immune system due to diseases such as cancer, diabetes or kidney failure; and
  • Are you taking medications that weaken your immune system.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/3-cases-of-legionnaires-disease-possibly-linked-to-wake-forest-hotel/ 3 Legionnaires’ Disease Cases That May Be Linked To The Wake Forest Hotel

Dais Johnston

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