Two guests of the JW Marriott Hotel have died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease from contaminated water during their stay.
Chicago public health officials confirmed the two deaths linked to their stay between mid-July and mid-August as well as six other guests who have been sickened from exposure during their stay.
Legionnaire’s Disease is a severe form of pneumonia, an inflammation of the lungs which is caused by inhaling the bacterium, legionella. If untreated, the person can die. Even if treated with antibiotics, a person can suffer ill effects permanently.
The legionella bacterium also causes a condition called the Pontiac fever with symptoms resembling the flu. After speaking to experts, the Chicago Tribune published a question-and-answer story about the disease on Aug. 29, 2012. Click here to see that story.
If you think that you have contracted Legionnaire’s disease, please call Clifford Law Offices to help you sort through your legal options. 312-899-9090