Legionnaires’ Disease Kills 1, Infects 11 in California’s Napa County

Napa County health officials revealed that a cooling tower at the Embassy Suites Napa Valley has been found to contain a dangerous quantity of Legionella bacteria, which has been responsible for infecting 12 guests and killing one during the past month.

After an inspection by county health officials, the California Department of Public Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it was discovered that the tower at the hotel on California Boulevard in Napa contained significant quantities of the bacterium.

According to county officials, the cooling tower has been shut off, reducing the risk to the public.

Legionnaires’ disease is a kind of pneumonia brought on by bacteria, which normally develops in warm water, air conditioners, hot tubs, cooling misters, and decorative fountains can aerosolize contaminated water.

Napa County Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio said their investigation team continues to work with Embassy Suites staff to remediate the source of exposure. 

After contracting Legionnaires’ illness on July 11, 2022, at least 12 county citizens have been hospitalized, and three residents continue to be hospitalized with the illness in addition to one death.

There has been no evidence linking any of the locals with proven cases of Legionnaires’ disease to the hotel.

Those who are older than 50, who smoke, have compromised immune systems, or have a chronic lung illness were most at risk of contracting the disease.

According to county health officials, the illness is not contagious and, if discovered in time, can be treated with medication.

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