Possible Legionellosis Scare at Ocean City Hotel

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 6:13 PM EDT
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Possible Legionellosis Scare at Ocean City Hotel

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An Ocean City hotel is voluntarily closing for the season a week earlier than planned after three guests developed legionellosis about a week after staying there.

Maryland's health department made the announcement Wednesday. The health department said it has not confirmed that the guests acquired the illness at the Plim Plaza Hotel, and an investigation is ongoing.

The three people were hospitalized, but none died.

Preliminary results from water samples suggest the presence of Legionella bacteria in hotel water, but final culture results are not expected until the end of next week at the earliest.

Legionellosis is a form of pneumonia caused by inhaling aerosolized water, or water mist, containing Legionella bacteria. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea or severe body aches.

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