Nevada Health Authorities Looking Into Legionnaires’ Disease Cases

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( – According to The Hill, the health authorities in Southern Nevada revealed on Thursday, August 24, that they are delving into three reported instances of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, which are linked to guests who recently lodged at two renowned Las Vegas hotels.

The health department, through separate announcements, made it clear that their current investigation revolves around two cases that pertain to travelers who had chosen to stay at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino. Another case is related to a guest who opted for The Orleans Hotel & Casino during their Las Vegas visit.

For those unfamiliar, Legionnaires’ disease is an acute type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. It can be severe and sometimes fatal if not treated in time.

Given the gravity of the situation, the health department is making an earnest plea to individuals who have stayed at these establishments since August 1. They are particularly concerned about guests who might have started to show symptoms within a 14-day period following their stay. In a specific note related to Caesars Palace, they marked that guests who stayed there between August 1 and August 23 should reach out to the Health District if they experienced symptoms.

The onset of symptoms for Legionnaires’ disease can be anywhere from two to 10 days after exposure to the causative bacteria. Some of the prominent signs to watch out for include persistent cough, breathing difficulties, high fever, pronounced muscle pains, and persistent headaches.

In their advisories, the health department also stressed the increased risk for certain demographic groups. The disease tends to hit harder among individuals aged 50 and above. Moreover, smokers, whether current or past, and those with compromised immune systems due to various health conditions, are also at a heightened risk of contracting this disease. They urge these groups to be particularly vigilant about any potential symptoms and to seek medical advice if any concerns arise.

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