D/FW AIRPORT (1080 KRLD) – A spokesman for a hotel and conference center near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport confirmed that a guest was briefly hospitalized for Legionnaire’s disease Wednesday.
SuperMedia spokesman Andrew Shane said the company had employees work from other locations “while the appropriate tests were being conducted” at the SuperMedia Hotel and Conference Center. The patient was from California.
Legionnaire’s disease, formally known as Legionellosis, is caused by a bacterium that is found in soil and grows in water. Officials are not certain where the case originated and said no other incidents have been reported at D/FW Airport.
The disease often causes pneumonia and is not spread from person to person.
“One case does not make an outbreak,” Shane wrote in an email.
The individual who tested positive for the disease has been treated and released. The person’s name has not been released.
Aramark, the company Shane says owns and operates the hotel, said it would issue a media release later in the afternoon.
Tarrant County Health Department spokesman David Jefferson says there’s no indication the patient contracted the bacteria at the convention center or whether he got it somewhere else.
The hotel has closed to test its systems.