Legionnaires’ Disease at InfoComm 2013 Last Week in Orlando

Update: InfoComm has announced that the InfoComm 2013 attendee was misdiagnosed and does not have Legionnaires’ Disease. There have been no other reports of any illness. The member is doing well and should make a full recovery.

infocomm2013-0613Yesterday InfoComm was informed that a participant at InfoComm 2013 last week in Orlando was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease. The member has been hospitalized, but InfoComm is hoping for a full and fast recovery.

The Orange County Convention Center told InfoComm that no other cases have been reported. InfoComm also contacted the Holiday Inn Resort – Castle, where the guest lodged during the trade show, to see if additional incidents have been reported, but there have not been any received at this time.

Most people exposed to bacteria do not become ill. However, if you attended InfoComm 2013 and are suffering from symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease, please seek immediate medical attention and mention that you may have been exposed to the Legionella bacteria. Signs of the disease can include a high fever, chills, cough, and fatigue or weakness. Some people may also suffer from muscle aches and headaches. Chest X-rays are needed to find the pneumonia caused by the bacteria, and other tests can be done to find evidence of the bacteria in the body. These symptoms usually begin two to 14 days after being exposed to the bacteria.

InfoComm asks that if you attended InfoComm 2013 and a medical professional diagnoses you with Legionnaires’ Disease, to please have an associate contact Betsy Jaffe at InfoComm International at bjaffe@infocomm.org or at +1 571.265.8590.

Sara Abrons

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  • Mark Coxon

    I knew it Sara. . . you exposed us all! Now I will have to be on point for the next 14 days. Why does InfoComm sponsor a “Legionnaires Technology Managers Workshop” anyway?
    Seriously, that is crazy. I wonder what floor he was on, or if they have open air returns on the HVAC system?