facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Legionnaires outbreak points to Fla. hotel

Sept. 1, 2010 at 1:45 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A faulty water system at a Miami luxury hotel probably caused an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease that killed an English tourist last year, officials said.

Bacteria that causes the respiratory disease was detected in water samples at the Epic Hotel, a 411-room luxury residence on Miami's Biscayne Boulevard, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

"A causal relationship is likely because of the extent of the contamination found in the hotel," a report said.

In September 2009, an English tourist who stayed at the Epic before a Caribbean cruise became ill on board ship and was rushed back to a Miami hospital but died.

At least nine other cases, including several in European tourists, were reported over the next two months.

Health officials linked the cases to the hotel and briefly closed it down in December.

Health inspectors determined the hotel's water filters had stripped chlorine from the water, allowing the bacteria to grow.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Protein found in breast milk may protect infants from a certain disease
2
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
3
CDC: Get your flu vaccine CDC: Get your flu vaccine
4
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
5
New industry-baked marijuana PSAs advise moderation New industry-baked marijuana PSAs advise moderation
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback