Seven Rio Le­gion­naires’ cases con­firmed

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Jessie Bekker Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal

Five months af­ter an out­break of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease was re­ported at the Rio, the num­ber of con­firmed cases of the pneu­mo­nia-like bac­te­rial ill­ness among guests has risen to seven, with 29 more cases sus­pected, the South­ern Ne­vada Health Dis­trict said Tues­day.

Mean­while, clean­ing and test­ing of the ho­tel’s wa­ter sys­tem is con­tin­u­ing to en­sure the dis­ease has been erad­i­cated.

That’s a nor­mal time­line for a Le­gion­naires’

out­break in­ves­ti­ga­tion, health ex­perts say.

“In a sit­u­a­tion like this, part of the process of th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions on an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pect is con­tin­ued test­ing and mon­i­tor­ing,” said Robert Cole, the health dis­trict’s se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal health spe­cial­ist.

Of­ten the process, which in­cludes pre­cau­tion­ary dis­in­fec­tion of wa­ter sys­tems, will con­tinue for up to a year, Cole said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in June af­ter two peo­ple who stayed at the Rio sep­a­rately in March and April tested pos­i­tive for the dis­ease. The ho­tel’s Ipanema Court and Mas­quer­ade Vil­lage tow­ers, on the build­ing’s south end, were dis­in­fected in early June.



That time also gives them the chance to con­vince peo­ple who put their names on the pe­ti­tion to have their sig­na­tures re­moved.

Clark County Reg­is­trar of Vot­ers Joe Glo­ria said 1,273 sig­na­ture re­moval pe­ti­tions have been re­ceived, but it is not clear how many of those are el­i­gi­ble to be counted. Glo­ria said the sec­re­tary of state’s of­fice will make that de­ter­mi­na­tion. What­ever that num­ber ends up be­ing will be added to the thresh­old needed to force a spe­cial elec­tion.

As with the re­call at­tempts of Sens. Joyce Wood­house and Patricia Far­ley, it is un­clear who is fund­ing the ef­forts. There have been no pub­licly stated rea­sons for the re­calls.

Neil and Claire Roth, who were two of the sign­ers on the no­tice of in­tent to re­call Can­niz­zaro, were present for the sig­na­ture drop offs but de­clined to an­swer ques­tions from a reporter. Ryan Hamil­ton, who works with the lo­cal GOP con­sult­ing firm j3 Strate­gies, also de­clined to an­swer ques­tions.

Other re­calls

The re­call against Can­niz­zaro is the last of a trio tar­get­ing state se­na­tors

filed this sum­mer.

The first tar­geted Wood­house, D-hen­der­son. The re­call com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted enough sig­na­tures to force a spe­cial elec­tion, but the anti-re­call ef­fort filed a law­suit Mon­day night claim­ing that more than 5,500 of the sig­na­tures sub­mit­ted should be dis­qual­i­fied.

About 3,000 of those sig­na­tures came from peo­ple who were not el­i­gi­ble to sign, ei­ther be­cause they were not a reg­is­tered voter or did not vote in that race in 2016, the law­suit says.

Re­call foes also said more than 2,500 peo­ple sub­mit­ted doc­u­ments to the Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice to have their sig­na­tures re­moved from the pe­ti­tion, with some say­ing they were mis­led or be­lieve their sig­na­ture may have been forged.

The re­call that tar­geted Far­ley, an in­de­pen­dent, fell short of the needed sig­na­tures. Pe­ti­tion­ers needed more than 7,000 sig­na­tures, but only turned in about 2,000.

Democrats have also filed a fed­eral law­suit that seeks to stop the re­calls be­fore any elec­tions can hap­pen. A fed­eral judge set a court date of Nov. 29 for oral ar­gu­ments in that case.

Con­tact Colton Lochhead at clochhead@re­viewjour­nal. com or 702-383-4638. Fol­low @ Colton­lochhead on Twit­ter.

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