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.