More than 6,000 people possibly exposed to Legionnaires’ Disease - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

More than 6,000 people possibly exposed to Legionnaires’ Disease

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Health Department is trying to find more than 6,000 people who may have been exposed to Legionnaires' Disease at a Memphis hotel.

On September 22, SCHD linked the La Quinta Inn on Millbranch Road to an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease. There are six confirmed cases connected to the Memphis hotel. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting in the investigation.

SCHD and La Quinta Inn are trying to find all guests who stayed at the hotel between July 1 and September 22.

"We are in the process of notifying patrons either via email, snail mail and via telephone," SCHD's Helen Marrow said. "We need people to be looking for it, to know that they were possibly exposed to help their health care provider treat them appropriately."

La Quinta Inn has been closed since September 22. It's unclear when the hotel will reopen.

Many exposed to the disease do not have symptoms, but symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.

People who stayed at the inn during the time of exposure should contact SCHD Investigation Hotline at 901-222-9299.

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