Elderly Person Dies of Legionnaires' After Ocean City Stay

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011  |  Updated 1:18 PM EDT
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Legionnaires' Death After Ocean City Stay

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An elderly person from out of state died from Legionnaires' disease after staying at an Ocean City hotel where Maryland’s health department confirmed the presence of bacteria that cause the disease, officials said.

Tests on water collected from various locations at the Plim Plaza Hotel confirmed the presence of the bacteria, officials said.

Last week, the department confirmed three cases of Legionnaires' disease in people who had stayed at the hotel. Three more cases have been confirmed, the Associated Press reported.

The hotel is closed for the season. The health department urges anyone who stayed at the hotel in September and is experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms to contact a health care provider.

Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea or severe body aches.

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