Memphis motel closed due to Legionnaire’s disease

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis motel has been closed due to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

The La Quinta Inn at 2979 Millbranch Road has been closed by the Shelby County Health Department.

Five confirmed cases have been reported.

Legionnaires' disease is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria often in hot tubs, fountains and air conditioning units.

Antibiotics are used as treatment.

The disease is named after the outbreak where it was first identified, the 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia.

If you stayed at this motel and have the below symptoms, please contact the Shelby County Health Department at 901-222-9299.

Symptoms are similar to other types of pneumonia and it often looks the same on a chest x-ray.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches