Planning to go to Vegas? Try not to get Legionnaire’s Disease
Las Vegas is a stunning location to take a vacation for a number of reasons. Beautiful architecture, beautiful people, casinos, night life, and a slew of other attractions attract throngs of visitors each year. Of all the things you could get, a car, a jackpot a free buffet, one of the things you do not want to get is Legionnaire’s Disease.
An upscale resort, the Aria Resort and Casino at City Center, has been reported as being a source of Legionnaire’s Disease in Las Vegas. The disease, a bacteria known as Legionella, causes a severe form of pneumonia, and, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, can be fatal in 5-30% of victims.
According to a news report from Reuters, the disease has struck at least 6 people since 2009, but all six have recovered from the illness. However, the problem has not gone away. In early July 2011, the Aria Resort and Casino issued a statement via email to guests who had stayed at the hotel from June 21 to July 4, 2011.
In the statement, the Vice President of Hotel Operations states that water tests from the stated period showed elevated signs of Legionella bacteria, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaire’s Disease. It goes on to state some of the symptoms, that the bacteria is naturally occurring, but also emphasizes that it is a problem for all large buildings. A Las Vegas blog, Vegastripping.com, has posted a copy of the email on their site, here. That message was confirmed by the Aria’s web site, which can be found here.
With the economy in the U.S. continuing to sputter along, the tourism industry has taken a beating as would-be travelers are staying closer to home in an effort to save money. For a resort like this to have to face this sort news in this economy is rather unfortunate. Aria Resort and Casino, developed in partnership with MGM Resorts International and a subsidiary of Dubai World, is the “crown jewel” of the multi-billion City Center, a design that incorporates several resorts in order to create a city-within-a-city experience for visitors.