8th case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed after stay at hotel - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

8th case of Legionnaires' disease confirmed after stay at hotel

Shelby County Health Department confirms an 8th case of Legionnaires' disease in guest who stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Shelby County Health Department confirms an 8th case of Legionnaires' disease in guest who stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Health Department confirms an eighth case of Legionnaires' disease stemming from the outbreak at La Quinta Inn & Suites on Millbranch Road.

So far, there are a total of 27 probably cases, 7 suspected cases, and 8 confirmed cases from people who stayed at the motel between July 1, 2016 and September 22, 2016. 

Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia caused by bacteria called legionella. It cannot be contracted through person-to-person contact, but rather from inhaling bacteria. 

Anyone who stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites, located at 2979 Millbranch Road, during the time of exposure and experienced any symptoms of Legionnaires' disease is asked to contact Shelby County Health Department at 901-222-9299.

The following are symptoms of Legionnaires' disease, which develop two to 10 days after exposure:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever of 104 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Confusion

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