LAS VEGAS, NV (PIX11)—Multiple cases of the potentially fatal Legionnaire's disease have been tracked to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the hotel warned on its website.
Six cases of the dangerous pneumonia were reported in Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked them back to the Vegas resort.
According to the CDC:
"Legionnaires' disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be hard to diagnose at first. Signs of the disease can include: a high fever, chills, and a cough. Some people may also suffer from muscle aches and headaches. Chest X-rays are needed to find the pneumonia caused by the bacteria, and other tests can be done on sputum (phlegm), as well as blood or urine to find evidence of the bacteria in the body."
Exposure can result from breathing in mist during a long shower or from the whirlpool jets in a bathtub. The disease may be fatal for people with compromised immune systems, smokers or older people.
According to the CDC, "The bacteria got its name in 1976, when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of this disease, a type of pneumonia (lung infection)."