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Two Vacationers Contract Legionnaires' Disease at OC Hotel

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Worcester County Health Department says two vacationers contracted Legionnaires' Disease after a hotel stay in Ocean City.
According to the Worcester County Health Department, the two people were staying at the Econolodge Oceanblock on 145th Street.

The Worcester County Health Department confirms the hotel tested positive for low levels of the bacteria.

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in warm water, and most people exposed to the pathogen do not become ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 8,000 to 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires' disease each year in the U.S., according to CDC.

Symptoms of Legionnaires' disease include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches and headache and typically appear within two weeks after exposure, according to CDC. The illness is treated with antibiotics and is rarely fatal.




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