3 cases of Legionnaire’s disease confirmed in Blowing Rock

Three cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been confirmed in people who stayed at or visited the Meadowbrook Inn and Suites within 10 days before their disease was onset, the Watauga Democrat reported.

All were treated and are recovering, the newspaper reported, citing a news release from AppHealthCare, formerly the Appalachian District Health Department.

AppHealthCare is trying to determine potential sources of exposure to Legionella bacteria in the cases. No definite source of exposure at the hotel or elsewhere in the community has been identified, the department said.

Legionnaire’s disease is a type of pneumonia caused by breathing in mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) that contains Legionella bacteria. Legionnaires’ disease is not contagious, health officials said.

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