Health Alert 9-6-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 6, 2012 - Health officials in Chicago say two deaths are now part of an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the JW Marriott hotel. Six other people were also diagnosed with the disease, which is a severe form of pneumonia. Investigators say the victims visited the hotel between July 16th and August 15th. Legionnaires' is a respiratory disease that is caused by bacteria usually found in water and is not contagious. Hotel officials say they have been cooperating with health officials in their investigation. They drained the hotel pool, whirlpool and contacted the majority of guests who stayed at the hotel during the four week period.

Also, people who are normal weight but have fat around the belly have a higher risk of death than those who are obese. According to a new study from the Mayo Clinic, researchers looked at nearly 13-thousand people and found those with fat concentrated in their bellies had the highest risk of cardio-vascular death as well as death from other causes. Those studied were divided by body mass index into three categories, normal, overweight and obese and two categories of waist-to-hip ratio of normal and high. The risk of cardiovascular death was 2.75 times higher, and the risk of death from all causes was 2.08 times higher, in people of normal weight with central obesity, compared with those with a normal body mass index and waist-to-hip ratio.

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