Download our news and weather apps

Legionnaires’ disease prompts closure of The Guest House at Graceland’s aquatics facilities

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Shelby County Health Department confirmed three individuals in Shelby County have Legionnaires' disease.

Health officials reportedly traced the disease back to The Guest House at Graceland's aquatics facilities.

Legionnaires' is caused by a type of bacteria that is found naturally in the environment and is contracted when someone breathes it in.

The health department said many people exposed to the bacteria don't become ill.

However, those who do experience coughing, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches, and headaches.

These can last anywhere from two to 14 days.

The hotel and the Shelby County Health Department said they are working to identify the source of the exposure and prevent it from happening again.

"We are working closely and cooperating fully with SCHD," stated The Guest House at Graceland, managed by Pyramid Hotel Group. "We care deeply about the health and safety of all our guests and employees. Our hotel remains open and fully operational. By closing our hot tub and pool facilities temporarily, we are taking all proper precautions as SCHD completes its investigation."

Graceland also released a statement saying their "primary concern is the health and welfare of their guests. The issue does not affect the Graceland attraction and tours in any way.”