Three diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease after visit to Casselton hotel

Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) The North Dakota Department of health is investigating three cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to a hotel water park in Casselton, ND.

Three people were diagnosed with the disease between July 2018 and January 2019. All reported spending some time at the Days Inn of Casselton before getting sick.

None of the people were overnight guests at the hotel, but they all used the indoor water park.

Samples from the water park were collected on January 8 and 9, 2019.

One of the samples from a spa filter found Legionella bacteria through lab testing. Hotel staff then cleaned and disinfected the spa. Another sample was collected on January 31, and it tested negative.

However, another sample collected on February 13 did test positive for the bacteria.

The hotel has since drained and closed its spa until further notice.

Spas are often associated with Legionnaires' disease outbreaks due to their temperature and ability to aerosolize Legionella bacteria in small water droplets.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial pneumonia that can be severe, so prompt diagnosis and antibiotic treatment is important.

Symptoms include:
-Fever
-Fatigue
-Headache
-Muscle aches
-Chills
-Shortness of breath
-Loss of appetite
-Coughing

The disease is not spread from person to person.