Lawsuit Filed Over Aria Las Vegas Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed in response to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak traced to the Las Vegas Strip resort, Aria Resort & Casino, that sickened at least six people.

As we reported earlier this summer, a number of media reports revealed that people became ill with Legionnaires’ disease following a stay at the Aria Resort & Casino. The Aria said the dates of potential infection were June 21 to July 4; however, some plaintiffs in this new lawsuit say they stayed there in April and as far back as June 8, noted Courthouse News.

Last month on its website, the Aria announced that its 4,004-room luxury resort was linked to some cases of Legionnaires’ disease and that health officials advised it of a “few reported instances of guests” who stayed at the Aria from June 21 to July 4 and who were diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, wrote Courthouse News. The Aria also wrote that it “implemented a comprehensive abatement effort,” and follow-up tests indicate “no detectible levels of active Legionella,” the bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease.

According to the Southern Nevada Health District, all six cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). All six victims were treated and have recovered.

According to Courthouse News, the six plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim to contracted Legionnaires’ disease from showers in their hotel rooms. the federal complaint filed by the guests say that Aria Resort & Casino allowed hot water in its bathrooms to “vaporize and otherwise become aerolized, allowing it to be inhaled,” causing all of the plaintiffs to develop the sometimes deadly form of pneumonia, said Courthouse News. All of the plaintiffs note that they have amassed large medical bills.

The plaintiffs each seek $1.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages over “negligence, breach of contract, and loss of consortium,” said Courthouse News, which noted that defendants include MGM Resorts International, Dubai World, Infinity World Holding Ltd., Infinity World (Cayman) LP, Infinity World Cayman Investments Corp., Infinity World Investments, Mirage Resorts, Project CC, Aria Resort & Casino, Infinity World Development Corp., CityCenter Holdings, CityCenter Land, Tutor Perini Corp., Tishman Construction Corp. of Nevada, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects inc.

Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by inhaling Legionella bacteria that grows in hot tubs, air conditioners, and decorative fountains. Symptoms are headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, phlegm-heavy cough, chest pain, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and mental changes, like confusion. According to CBS News, symptoms can show up as long as 14 days following exposure. Legionnaires’ disease can cause infections in wounds and other body parts, including the heart. Complications may include respiratory failure, kidney failure and septic shock. Legionnaires’ disease is not spread through person-to-person contact.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia, which, if untreated, can be fatal. Older adults, smokers, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible. The disease usually clears up with treatment, but some victims will continue to experience problems. The CDC says that Legionnaires’ disease sickens between 8,000 and 18,000 people annually and proves fatal in 5-to-30 percent of the cases.

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