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:
- Muscle pain
- Fever of 104 degrees or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea