Warning: More Legionnaires Disease at MGM Resorts Hotels

Another MGM Resorts hotel in Las Vegas has come down with Legionnaires’ disease. Three people who stayed at Luxor have contracted Legionnaires’ disease since last spring. Unlike last year at Aria, when 6 people survived a bout with Legionnaires’ disease, one of these people passed away.

Three guests at the Luxor have contracted Legionnaires’ disease since last spring, including one who recently died as a result, the Southern Nevada Health District announced today (yesterday).

Well, that’s definitely not good. Don’t worry MGM says this time, they’re going to do sometime to combat Legionnaires disease.

Gordon Absher, vice president of public affairs for MGM Resorts International, said authorities immediately began remediation — super-heating and super-chlorinating water to kill the bacteria — when health district officials notified the resort last week.

“We take this very seriously,” Absher said. “Health of our guests and our employees is of paramount importance to MGM Resorts.”

This is nothing to joke about, but if MGM Resorts really took the health of their guests seriously they wouldn’t have waited for someone to die before bringing out the heavy artillery.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know much about Legionnaires disease, but when I visit casinos I usually bring hand sanitizer with me and ALWAYS wash my hands when I use the rest room. This isn’t going to protect me that much, but at least I’m trying.

Casinos are the only place I’m a germaphobe. Most house keeping I’ve seen doesn’t seem too sanitary and guests at the hotels are even worse.

The conspiracy theorist inside tells me not to think these issues that are making people sick are not just with MGM Resorts properties, but 25% of the hotel owned by one company can’t be good.

Seriously, buy some of these Purell wipes. People are dirty.

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Author: Marc
Las Vegas Writer, Marketer, Consultant. I love Vegas and everything about it. When in Vegas do 3 things: eat, drink & gamble.

2 thoughts on “Warning: More Legionnaires Disease at MGM Resorts Hotels

  1. Leg. Dis. can be spread through cooling system water as I understand it. Doesn’t make me feel better though. Germs abound in casinos. I always assume the worst and wipe my hands with moist wipes frequently as I am mainly a slots player. Too bad it can’t be like the gym where people wipe down their machines after use.
    I even bring a travel size can of Lysol for hard surfaces in the hotel room like counters, door knobs and remote controls.

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