Alleged Legionnaires’ Outbreak Puts Las Vegas Resorts under Investigation
Health officials are currently investigating a concerning outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has affected guests at popular Las Vegas resorts.
Disease Outbreak Spurs Investigation
Three confirmed cases of the disease have been reported among guests who stayed at these properties, prompting thorough investigations and remediation efforts.
Of the three reported cases, two guests had stayed at the renowned Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino within the past year, while the third guest had recently lodged at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.
Disturbingly, environmental samples obtained from both establishments have tested positive for Legionella, the bacteria responsible for causing Legionnaires' disease. Although subsequent samples taken at Caesars Palace did not reveal the presence of the bacteria, it was confirmed that earlier in the year, tests had indicated its presence, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
Interestingly, The Orleans had previously experienced two confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease involving guests earlier in the year. In response, the resort had undertaken comprehensive remediation procedures for its water system. These two affected guests had visited the hotel at separate intervals, one in December of the preceding year and the other in January of the current year.
Both Caesars Palace and The Orleans are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation conducted by the Health District. The land-based casinos are diligently undergoing remediation processes and comprehensive environmental testing to eradicate any traces of the bacteria. In line with their commitment to guest safety, measures to notify current patrons about the potential exposure and ways to mitigate risk are actively being implemented, as stated in the news release issued by the health district.
Measures and Industry Cooperation
Legionnaires' disease typically manifests its symptoms within a window of two to ten days after exposure to the Legionella bacteria. These symptoms encompass coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. The afflicted individuals may experience these symptoms for up to two weeks after the initial exposure.
The health district release has reassured guests who stayed at The Orleans more than two weeks prior and remain symptom-free that they are not at risk for contracting the disease. However, those who do display symptoms within two weeks of their stay are strongly advised to seek medical attention promptly and inform their healthcare provider of the potential Legionella exposure.
A spokesperson from Caesars Entertainment issued a statement in response to the investigation. They acknowledged the health district's probe into the two cases reported at Caesars Palace and confirmed that they are cooperating fully.
The spokesperson emphasized that the latest environmental testing did not identify any Legionella bacteria.
Caesars Palace, known for its stringent safety protocols, maintains measures exceeding industry standards to curtail the survival of Legionella bacteria within its water systems.
Likewise, Boyd Gaming Corporation, which oversees The Orleans Hotel & Casino, promptly responded with a statement. The company asserted their strong dedication to guest health and safety, noting the extensive precautions in place to mitigate risks.
The health district had informed Boyd Gaming Corporation about an investigation following a reported Legionnaires' disease case. Although no Legionella was found in the guest's room upon testing, the company pledged to collaborate closely with the health district throughout their ongoing investigation.
As the investigations continue, both establishments are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of their guests. The cooperation between the health district and these resorts reflects the priority placed on public health and the prevention of further Legionnaires' disease cases.