An alert over potential outbreak of 'Legionnaires Disease' has been sounded in North Somerset. Over 500 guests who visited the Grand Atlantic Hotel before 10 Nov in Weston-super-Mare were contacted by the health officials after water samples tested positive for Legionelle Bacteria. The hotel which has remained closed since 10 Nov is presently carrying out a thorough disinfection.
The Legionnaires disease is caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila which results in a type of pneumonia. The symptoms could include chills, cough and high fever and may begin 2 to 14 days after exposure to the bacteria. The North Somerset council along with the Health Protection Agency is currently dealing with the situation. The hotel is scheduled for reopening on confirmation of complete disinfection of its premises.