The Southern Nevada Health District reports investigating travel-associated cases of Legionnaires’ disease in guests who stayed at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino and The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Two individuals who have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease stayed at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino within the last 12 months. Environmental samples taken from the property tested positive for Legionella. The facility is cooperating with the Health District’s investigation and conducted remediation of the water system. The most recent environmental testing did not detect Legionella bacteria. Steps to notify guests of the potential for exposure and ways to minimize risk are underway.
Earlier this year, there was an investigation at the facility after two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in guests were reported. Remediation of the property’s water system was conducted, and post-remediation testing did not detect Legionella bacteria. A third guest of the property was recently identified as a case, and environmental samples have tested positive for Legionella.
The facility is cooperating with the Health District’s investigation and undergoing remediation and environmental testing to ensure elimination of the bacteria to protect the health and safety of its guests. Steps to notify current guests of the potential for exposure and ways to minimize risk are underway.
Guests who stayed at Caesars Palace from August 1, 2023, to August 23, 2023, and experienced symptoms up to 14 days after their stay can report their illness to the Health District using a survey posted on its website at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7488633/e70472c1f429.
Guests who stayed at The Orleans dating back to August 1, 2023, and experienced symptoms up to 14 days after their stay can report their illness to the Health District using a survey posted on its website at https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7488633/e70472c1f429.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease will usually begin within two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. However, people should watch for symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches for up to two weeks after exposure. Guests who stayed at Caesars Palace more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at risk for disease. If guests of the property develop symptoms within 14 days of their stay, they should seek medical attention and alert their medical provider of the potential exposure.
People who are at increased risk of getting sick include:
- People 50 years or older
- Current or former smokers
- People with chronic lung disease
- People with weakened immune systems
- People who take drugs that can weaken their immune systems (after a transplant operation or chemotherapy)
- People with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure
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