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Waikiki, HI – Fifth Case of Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Grand Islander Hotel

May 30, 2022

Waikiki, HI (May 29, 2022) – A fifth case of Legionnaires’ disease has been confirmed by the Hawaii State Health Department. Like the others, it was diagnosed in a guest who stayed at the Grand Islander Hotel in Waikiki. 

Officials stated that a visitor to Hawaii was formally diagnosed with the disease on Monday, May 23rd. The visitor began staying in the hotel on April 25th.  

The fifth confirmation of Legionnaires’ disease follows four previous cases, all of which originated from the same hotel during the past 11 months.

According to a spokesperson for the DOH, the first case was diagnosed in June 2021. The second case was not diagnosed until March 6th or 7th of this year, followed quickly by a third case diagnosed on April 2nd, and a fourth case on April 26th. One of the infected has since passed away due to complications from the disease.

Health officials have reported that Legionnaires’ disease is a kind of pneumonia resulting from exposure to Legionella bacteria. It is not communicable, meaning it does not spread from person to person contact.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Injuries Caused by Legionnaires’ Disease in Hawaii 

Waikiki, HI - Fifth Case of Legionnaires' Disease Linked to Grand Islander Hotel

Legionnaires’ disease, also known as Legionella pneumonia or legionellosis, is a serious and sometimes deadly type of pneumonia caused by the presence of Legionella bacteria. Pontiac Fever is a less serious infection that is caused by the same type of bacteria.

Legionella bacteria exist naturally in our environment and reproduce best in warm water. Given their preferred breeding grounds, their presence can usually be detected in cooling towers, hot water tanks, hot tubs, decorative water features, grocery produce misters, and the plumbing systems of large commercial buildings.

People contract Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale vapor or mist that contains the bacteria. Its incubation period, the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms, is anywhere from two days to two weeks. The signs of infection include shortness of breath, coughing, headaches, muscle aches, and a high fever.

A lot of people, particularly those 50-years-old and older, former or current smokers, those with chronic lung disease, and those with weakened immune systems, often require hospitalization. Roughly 10% of Legionnaires’ disease cases result in death.

Legionnaires’ disease comes with numerous life-threatening complications, including:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Septic shock
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Endocarditis
  • Pericarditis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Similar to other cases involving pathogenic bacteria, Legionnaires’ disease cases are complicated and legally and scientifically demanding. If you are considering filing this kind of lawsuit, it is crucial that you reach out to a lawyer who has decades of experience in handling these kinds of cases and has access to the myriad investigative and legal resources required to successfully pursue them.

When you contact our personal injury attorneys in Hawaii at (808) 537-2525, you can rest assured that we will start work on your case right away. We work diligently to make sure that our client’s rights are protected and that they receive the compensation the law entitles them to.  

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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