ALBTER LEA, Minn. (KTTC) –The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease related to a Ramada Hotel in Albert Lea.
Investigators have identified two laboratory-confirmed cases so far among people from unrelated groups who were at the Ramada by Wyndham Albert Lea and spent time in the pool/hot tub area around the last weekend of June. These people became ill between late June and early July. One was hospitalized and has been discharged; one is still hospitalized. There are reports of additional people with this exposure who are experiencing illnesses that might be Legionnaires’ disease; MDH is continuing to investigate.
MDH said the disease spreads by inhaling water sources that contain the Legionella bacteria. It is not spread from person to person. The incubation time period is 14 days.
MDH investigators are working with the hotel to further determine what the source of the Legionella bacteria might be. At this time, early evidence and past experience suggests the source of the infections might be the hotel’s spa (hot tub). The hotel shut down the spa for maintenance on June 29, and the pool area is closed to guests at this time. MDH staff are working with hotel staff on recommendations to clean and decontaminate the spa and pool area.
MDH suggests that anyone who stayed at the hotel and falls ill should see a health care provider and get checked for Legionnaires’ disease.