Number of confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases rise

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The number of confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease tied to a Memphis motel is up to eight.

There are also 27 probable cases and seven suspect cases.

The La Quinta Inn at 2979 Millbranch Road was closed by the Shelby County Health Department September 22.

It reopened October 5.

The health department says there were 6,000 reservations there between July 1 and September 22.

The 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