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Subject Downtown Atlanta hotel closes after 6 guests test positive for Legionnaires’ disease
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A downtown Atlanta hotel has closed its doors while officials test for a rare, and sometimes deadly, form of pneumonia.
Six people who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta on Courtland Street tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease, which is contracted by breathing in mist or swallowing water containing bacteria. Public health officials have not yet confirmed if the guests contracted the disease during their stay, a spokeswoman for the hotel said.

“The health and safety of our guests is our greatest priority,” general manager Ken Peduzzi said in a statement. “We are working closely with public health officials and outside experts to conduct testing to determine if legionella is present at the hotel. As a result, out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to close the hotel while we await the results.”
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