Feb 20, 2019

Four People Contract Legionnaires’ Disease at Minnesota Hotel Spa

The hotel has closed their pool and spa area amid suspicions the area caused Legionnaires’ disease to spread

Legionella discovered at Minnesota hotel spa
Legionella discovered at Minnesota hotel spa

In Crookston, Minn., the Crookston Inn and Convention Center has closed the hotel’s pool and spa area after four people contracted Legionnaires’ disease between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27. While state health investigators have not released the severity of the illnesses, the hotel is working to determine the source of the water borne bacteria.

The four people who contracted the disease visited the hotel for various occasions but did not stay overnight. The Minnesota Department of Health believes the contamination stems from the hotel’s spa area, based off of early evidence and past experience, reported The Star Tribune.

The hotel has closed the pool and spa area to guests as management works to decontaminate the area. The area will remain closed until approximately March 6, according to a hotel staff member. Additionally, the hotel is taking steps to notify guests who stayed at the hotel between Jan. 14 and Feb. 13 of potential exposure to legionella bacteria.

“If you spent time at the hotel between Jan. 14 and Feb. 13 and are ill with undiagnosed pneumonia or you develop symptoms in the two weeks following your visit, please see a health care provider to be evaluated for possible Legionnaires’ disease,” said Kris Ehresmann, the Health Department’s director of the infectious diseases division.

In 2018, Minnesota has more than 150 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported, according to The Associated Press.