Number of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Memphis up to 8
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Health officials say the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases stemming from an outbreak at a Memphis hotel has risen to eight.
The Shelby County Health Department increased the number of cases by one on Wednesday. Seven cases of the disease with ties to a La Quinta Inn & Suites in south Memphis had been previously confirmed.
The hotel was closed Sept. 22 after the outbreak was discovered. It reopened Oct. 5 after no specific source was found.
Legionnaires’ disease has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever, muscle aches and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.
Officials are trying to contact people who stayed at the hotel from July 1 to Sept. 22 and have shown symptoms of the illness.