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.

Related: History of Legionnaires outbreaks

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Following steps played by Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in recent legionnaires disease at Seven Oaks Home for the Aged. (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
DROCOURT, FRANCE: Doctor Ramin Roboubi, chief of the Pneumology service at the Henin-Beaumont poly-clinic, looks at the x-ray of a patient suffering from Legionnaires' disease 31 December 2003. Twenty patients out of the 50 registered have been treated in this clinic. Ten are still hospitalized. (AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN)
Illustrated postcard shows the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early 1900s. In 1976, the hotel was the site of the first outbreak of the previously unknown and deadly Legionnaires' disease. (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)
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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.

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