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updated: 8/21/2012 5:03 PM

Legionnaires' disease linked to Chicago hotel

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Health officials say they are investigating three confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease among people who stayed at a Chicago hotel.

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel issued an advisory Tuesday. They say guests with symptoms who stayed at the Adams Street hotel should contact their doctors.

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Symptoms include headache, high fever, chills, cough, chest pain and shortness of breath.

The city and the hotel are notifying the 8,500 guests who stayed there from July 16 through Aug. 15. Authorities say they've identified the source of the bacteria and there's no ongoing health risk.

The bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease grow in water and can spread through vapor in air-conditioning ducts or mist from a whirlpool spa.

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