More than 6,000 could have been exposed to Legionnaires' disease at Memphis motel
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) -- The Shelby County Health Department estimates 6,000 people could have been exposed to Legionnaires' Disease at a Memphis motel.
There are six confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease tied to a Memphis motel.
The La Quinta Inn at 2979 Millbranch Road was closed by the Shelby County Health Department September 22.
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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.
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle aches