Sterling woman has probable case of Legionnaires' after outbreak at Atlanta hotel

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STERLING, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Sterling woman potentially contracted Legionnaires disease after traveling to the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, doctors say.

Our sister station KWQC reports ​that Margo Jakobs is one of dozens of people sickened from an outbreak at the Atlanta hotel. She has been diagnosed with a probable case of the disease.

"The sicker I got... the worse I felt about, what is this?" says Jakobs. "I don't want to say we were blindsided but I think they might've had some idea that there were cases and had I known, I never would have stayed there. Never."

The Centers for Disease Control warns of the outbreak at the hotel, which had been evacuated a few days into Jakobs' stay. The CDC says 12 cases of Legionnaires' have been confirmed through lab testing, and one of those people, a woman from Georgia, has died.

Legionnaires' disease cannot be passed on from person-to-person. Rather a person can get it from breathing in small droplets of water that contain Legionella bacteria.