WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Department of Health is warning people of a possible exposure of Legionella Bacteria at a hotel in Watkins Glen.
The health department says people who were guests of the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel between July 16th and August 1st, and were in the area of the pool and spa, may have been exposed to the bacteria.
The hotel is located on the shore of Seneca Lake, on North Franklin Street.
The New York State Department of Health says Legionella Bacteria can leak to a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' Disease. Some of the symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. The health department says symptoms usually begin 2 to 10 days after being exposed. Sometimes symptoms could take longer to develop, in some cases up to 2 weeks after exposure.
Legionella Bacteria can also lead to Pontiac Fever. Some of the symptoms for Pontiac Fever can include fever and muscle aches.
The NYDOH says they're working with the hotel to reach guests who may be affected by the advisory. In the meantime, the health department says Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has closed their pool and spa as they continue to remediate the situation.
The health department says most healthy people do not get sick. But some people are at a higher risk. For example, people with cancer, over the age of 50, and/or current or former smokers. In general, Legionella Bacteria cannot spread from person-to-person. The bacteria grow best in warm water, hot tubs, and cooling towers, hot water tanks, and large plumbing systems. Infection occurs when someone breathes in mist or vapors containing the bacteria.
For more information on Legionnaires' Disease: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html