Legionnaires’ Disease Plagues Luxor Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas
EMSL Analytical offers stringent testing services for Legionella bacteria
Health officials in Nevada have reported that Legionella bacteria, which causes Legionnaires’ disease, was found in water samples in the Luxor Hotel-Casino. One man recently died after staying there, and two other guests were sickened by the disease in the spring of last year.
The hotel is owned by MGM Resorts International, which immediately began the remediation process after the bacteria was detected. The company is already dealing with a lawsuit from guests who claim that they were infected with Legionnaires’ while staying at the Aria Resort & Casino—which is half-owned by MGM Resorts.
Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that results in long term health effects or a flu-like illness called Pontiac Fever. Most individuals become infected by inhaling Legionella bacteria in the air; it is not spread from person to person. Contaminated mist or water vapor diffuse the bacteria in hot tubs, cooling towers, faucets, showerheads, and other water systems. A current or previous smoking habit, chronic lung disease, age (usually 50 years or older), and the use of certain rheumatoid arthritis and chemotherapy drugs can increase the risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
“EMSL Analytical conducts Legionella testing by both the culture method and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR),” states Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL. “Clients can be assured of EMSL’s scientifically defensible data, as we have proudly passed the CDC Legionella Testing Proficiency Program in our Cinnaminson, NJ; Houston, TX; San Leandro, CA; Indianapolis, IN; and Manhattan laboratories.”
More information about Legionella can be found at www.LegionellaTesting.com. In addition, EMSL has sponsored a public outreach video about the bacteria, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB7g81JxCq0.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal agencies.