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Sixth case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed at Round Rock hotel

A sixth case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed at a Round Rock hotel (Photo: CBS Austin)

A sixth case of Legionnaires' disease has been reported by a guest at a Round Rock hotel.

The SpringHill Suites located at 2960 Hoppe Trail has voluntarily closed as Williamson County health officials investigate the outbreak.

According to Williamson County Health officials, six people were infected after visiting the hotel between June 25 and October 2.

A statement from the hotel says they recently received notice that the investigation by the Williamson County Health District centers on five people who had been at the hotel in the summer.

Legionnaires' disease typically affects people who are older than 50-years-old. It is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria. Signs and symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. The bacterium is found naturally in fresh water. It can contaminate hot water tanks, hot tubs, and cooling towers of large air conditioners. It is usually spread by breathing in mist that contains the bacteria.

The hotel says it has already used a third-party firm to remedy any environmental health issues and they are working with investigators to identity a possible source of the contamination.

The SpringHill Suites hopes to reopen October 24, after passing inspections.


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