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A father wants to know if his daughter's death is related to a metro Atlanta hotel that was closed after cases of Legionnaires' disease were confirmed.

Al Garrett tells Channel 2's Tom Jones his daughter Cameo Garrett died after she attended a sorority conference at the Sheraton Atlanta.

Garrett said his daughter told her friends she felt ill. He and a friend later found her dead at her home.

The coroner's office has not released a cause death.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. The bacteria is contracted by inhaling contaminated water droplets into the lungs.

The bacteria normally thrives in wet environments such as cooling towers or large air conditioning units that are normally not sanitized often.

The bacteria was named after an outbreak that killed 29 attendees of an American Legion convention held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia in 1976.

Officials with the health department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mounted an unprecedented investigation that lasted for months. The outbreak was finally traced to bacteria in the cooling tower of the hotel's air conditioning system.

Now the same disease is connected to recent illnesses reported at the Sheraton Atlanta hotel.

The hotel was closed by the city’s health department. Hotel guests who were staying at the hotel during the outbreak were understandably annoyed that they were not informed of the outbreak.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    I never heard of this disease, I pray that the family finds answers soon.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Rest In Peace Ms. Garrett. My heart goes out to her Father, finding a family member's dead body is the absolute worst.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Tear the whole place down and start over ..... this sounds spiritual as all things are ... thanks for the awareness Sandra

  • Well$$Well$$?

    So sad. It's crazy how you can be here one day and gone the next...May she R.I.P. OT Federal judge denied R Kelly bail....

  • Queen B

    Damn shame how these hotels wanna capitalize and make all this money but don't want to pay for maintenance to keep their guest safe smh RIP

  • Lucky8

    Sue them

  • ClaireHuxtable

    This was Big news years ago. Folk were dropping left & right.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Amazing how many vacations are turning into tragedy these days.

  • Ni Ni

    Pretty lady. RIP?

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  • Chapter29Chick

    IKR, I want 2 go somewhere but don’t want to be jacked up ?????? on the way back home.

  • Chapter29Chick

    Sad ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I was JUST reading a story how a Doctor ALWAYS runs the showers in his house with the bathroom doors closed for 20 mins when he gets home from vacation because of the fear of this bacteria! The bacteria forms in shower heads where standing water may be present??

    Doctor who runs his shower for 20 minutes every time he comes back from holiday says this habit could save you from life-threatening legionnaire's disease

  • Karen Brady

    I wonder if she was named after the group Cameo.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Werd Up!!!?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Did she pull over? Is she ok?

  • RealATLPeach36

    First of all huumm 20 mins means I will only have 13 minutes of hot water left. Do I need to buy a big water heater?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Let’s save our money and see what 2020 brings us...

  • n1kk1a

    That’s scary. Everyone should just have their own bubble to live in.

  • Karen Brady

    She's fine thank God...I read it and heard it on the news.. maybe a week ago if that long... the thing is she was more upset that when she called 911 as she was driving they acted like it was no biggie. She didn't pull over though!

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  • Karen Brady

    ????Hollered! Lemme go wash my dishes

  • Karen Brady

    This is why I am overly DRAMATIC when a co-worker, a stranger in the store, a family member, a friend, an enemy, a dog, a fish, someone in the TV set, anybody sneezes or coughs in my vicinity. I wish I could find me a big azz bubble.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Road rage is on the rise tew

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    But the lady was an idiot.. Why wouldn’t she just drive to the nearest police station? Also, South cobb drive has been a hot spot for car jackings and robberies etc..

  • Logan Roberts

    Damn, can't go no where.

  • Nicole Myles

    I'm the same way I do not like people to shake my hands, cough or sneeze by me I be so mad when I'm trapped on a airplane because I know I'm just stuck inhaling all their germs?soon as I get in my house 1st thing I do is scrub my hands no matter what

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  • starbright9449

    I heard some hotels in the DR are having a special.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Good ??

  • angrysolo

    traveling is a doozy this year huh

  • Ne Ba

    How would this work if the disease is transmitted through water vapors like air conditioners and water fountains? That would only kill heat susceptible bacteria. It's sad that he is confusing the public.

    On another note: There is antibiotics available for Legionairres disease/ Pontiac disease. Its doxycycline. Also the common sign is pneumonia + diarrhea. There is no need to panic just go to the doctor.

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  • Dowoop

    Ain't nothing good gonna happen when u pull over... I'd take my chances speeding off.

  • Dowoop

    You need to panic if doctors are out here running hot showers making it seem like that will kill all bacteria.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Guess ill stay my ass in VA n the city this year

  • KarmaBackAround

    I'm startin to understand why air BNB has become preferred!

  • Connie

    Did y'all see that video of Naomi Campbell sanitizing her seat and surroundings on the plane traveling to Qatar? It was even an item on the news yesterday.

  • goat

    Man, it's all type of shit out here trying to kill ya. Everyday you wake up it's a new enemy waiting. Live your life to the fullest!

  • Ne Ba

    Lol no just because you have education doesn't mean you have common sense.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    My mom told me about the convention in Philly when I was little...the bacteria in the cooling system caused 130 to be sick and killed literally changed the regulations on coolant systems for the U.S....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Mercury is in retrograde until August 2nd....Everybody will be on edge until then...more anger and people making hasty decisions which effect the long term...and its definitely not the right time to find a new boo or make a new friend smh...

  • Karen Brady

    Thanks! I'm about to look this up now.

  • Look@m3

    So she inhaled contaminated water?!?!?! WTF

  • SandraRose

    Water droplets, aka aerosolized water. Like water vapor.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'm a germaphobe and use sanitizers as often as possible. No point in paying $1500 to have a wrecked vacation.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Wash your hands as often as possible. Humans are germy creatures.

  • Lovely1

    It's definitely worth looking into. Years ago, I was offered a job with Emory Infectious Disease. I ended up turning it down because it would be housed in Grady, where the outbreak occurred a few weeks/months prior. I pleaded with the recruiter to work another location, but nope! Horrible disease.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    OMG my anxiety and OCD is in full effect right now! I'm just feeling sick reading this. It's scary! it's like you can't go anywhere, eat or drink anything! I swear idc what anyone says this is a new form of terrorism!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Girl I hold my breath and quickly walk past them when they do that. lol smdh

  • Haley

    Thanks for sharing, I noticed the increase of angry people. They need to stay off the road too, it’s madness.

  • Bryar Michon

    Poor record keeping for the pool and lack of preventative maintenance for the chilling tower will be the story here

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  • EasyBreezy

    I do the same thing and do NOT CARE what people think. I board, pull out my wipes, and start wiping down EVERYTHING my skin comes into contact with.... Folks, planes ARE NOT thoroughly cleaned between flights. Take care of yourself.