Finger Lakes Hotel Exposed Patrons to Legionnaire’s Disease
The New York Health Department is warning patrons they may have been exposed to Legionnaire's Disease. . Here's how to know.
If you stayed at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel during those dates, you were near Legionella bacteria, which leads to a form of pneumonia commonly known as Legionnaire's Disease. It can be contracted from something as simple as inhaling a mist from contaminated water. People 50 and older, smokers or former smokers are the most at risk people. While it can take between 2 to 10 days for symptoms to appear after being exposed, the first sign of onset is fatigue. Here some other signs of exposure:
- a cough
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
The hotel has closed their pool and spa area and with the assistance of the health department are trying to contact everyone who stayed at the facility between July 16 and August 1.
Obviously, contact your health care provider if you stayed at the hotel and feel like there are symptoms. Learn more about the disease at the CDC's website.