Legionnaires’ Disease in Vegas

Another story of dangers in the water, served to the public. It can happen anywhere, any time and we need to get a better understanding of what we can do to prevent this.

Guests from March and April at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, were apparently exposed to toxic water.

Richard Broome, the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for Caesars Entertainment issued the following statement:

“Test results on the water at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino indicated the presence of the Legionella bacteria. The company is working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District and taking aggressive remediation actions to ensure the safety of Rio’s water. Out of an abundance of caution, we are relocating guests from rooms where remediation actions are being undertaken.”

Two recent guests at the Las Vegas resort have contracted Legionnaires’ disease. Tests of the hotel’s water indicated the presence of legionella, the bacteria that causes the disease. “Aggressive remediation actions” are underway, the Rio’s parent company, Caesars Entertainment, said.

In 2011, a person who stayed at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas died after contracting Legionnaires’ disease, the health district said.

The bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease is found in “freshwater environments, like lakes and streams” and can grow in “human-made” water systems such as hot tubs, large plumbing systems, decorative fountains and hot water tanks, the CDC said.

Water contamination is becoming too common. We need to remember that this water is limited and is required for all life. This story is brought to you for awareness purposes. Flint is in your back yard!

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