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2 dead from Legionnaires disease outbreak at JW Marriott

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

All guests checking in to the JW Marriott are being warned about the recent legionella outbreak.

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Since the outbreak was announced last week, the Chicago department of Public Health's hotline has received over 100 calls from concerned people, some who reported symptoms.

The hotel says still don't know where this bacteria originated.

See: 3 guests contract Legionnaires' disease at Loop hotel

News that two guests of the JW Marriott in downtown Chicago died after contracting Legionnaires' disease, isn't sitting well with some customers.

" I didnt know that anyone had died. I'm a little worried. I checked in last night and I'm leaving tomorrow," says Tim Dalton.

Health officials are not releasing any information regarding the identities of the two victims.

A total of eight guests who stayed at the JW Marriot on West Adams St., between July 16th and August 15th are now confirmed to have contracted Legionnaire's, which is a severe form of pneumonia

Health officials stress none of the affected live in the Chicago area and insist, "there is currently no ongoing health risk at the hotel."

The Chicago Department of Health says it "believes the source has been identified," but didn't offer further details only saying the investigation continues.

"Its scary but I'm sure they're taking proper precautions," says another guest.

Those proper precautions include an attempt to get rid of any potential trace of the legionella bacteria.

The JW Marriott on West Adams Street drained its decorative fountain in the lobby, along with the pool and hot tub. A portion of the spa has also been closed.

Emilia Adkins recently stayed at the upscale hotel while on a business trip from Virginia. She says she became ill on her way home but quickly overcame it. However, her co-worker, who she is not identifying, was admitted to the ICU, with Legionnaire's.

"He declined so rapidly it was terrifying to see what this can do. The scary part was that was the only link we could think of."

Adkins says her co-worker is now in rehab.

The disease is contracted by breathing in the mist or vapor of contaminated water. It does not spread from one person to another.

The hotel is warning customers about the outbreak in letters and signs posted up around the property. And for the most part, it appears its business as usual.

"We read the letter and acknowledged the fact that we read it and we were going to stay here," said guest John Sterbenz.

Most people exposed to the bacteria do not become ill. About 8,500 people stayed at this hotel between July 16th and August 15th and as of Monday, more than 80% of those guest have been notified about their possible exposure.

Symptoms include cough, high fever, chest pain and shortness of breath. You're urged to contact your doctor if have these symptoms.

People who may have been exposed can contact the CDPH hotline at (312) 746-4835 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

See: Legionnaires' disease: The Facts

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