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2 recent guests at Rio contract Legionnaires’ disease

Updated June 9, 2017 - 6:21 pm

Two recent guests at the Rio contracted Legionnaires’ disease, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, the Southern Nevada Health District announced Friday.

The guests stayed separately at the hotel, at 3700 W. Flamingo Road. One visited in March and the other in April, the health district said.

Shortly after the guests’ illnesses were confirmed, the property tested its water system, and the results came back positive for Legionella bacteria, the district said.

Under the direction of the health district, the hotel began using chlorine at high temperatures to disinfect its rooms and water system Thursday night, said Mark Bergtholdt, environmental health supervisor.

The disinfection, or “remediation,” will happen again Friday night and possibly Saturday night, Bergtholdt said. It will include every room in one specific Rio tower, Bergtholdt added, though the hotel on Friday declined to specify which tower.

“The company is working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District and taking aggressive remediation actions to ensure the safety of Rio’s water,” according to an emailed statement provided Friday by Jennifer Forkish, vice president of communications for Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns the Rio.

”Out of an abundance of caution, we are relocating guests from rooms where remediation actions are being undertaken,” the statement continued.

The Rio is also “taking steps to provide information to past and current guests of the property,” the health district said in a statement Friday.

Anyone with questions may contact the health district at 702-759-0999.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.

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