Suspected Legionnaires Outbreak At Luxury Hotel

50 guests staying at a luxury hotel and spa in central Sweden were taken ill over the weekend from a suspected outbreak of legionnaires disease, thought to have been spread by two jacuzzi’s.

Water samples from the jacuzzi’s and the hotel swimming pool have been taken by experts at the institute for infectious disease control.

Legionnaires’ disease causes high fever, dry cough, lung congestion and subsequent pneumonia. It’s is commonly spread through contaminated water sources, air conditioners and ventilators and is treated with antibiotics.

In this case the guests became ill with what appeared to be the less severe Pontiac fever, but the chances of some people going on to develop full blown legionnaires hasn’t been ruled out with the incubation period taking ten days.

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