The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Memphis, Tennessee has been closed since September 22, 2016, following 6 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people that stayed there. Prior to close, the hotel distributed a letter by the Shelby County Health Department that urged anyone who experienced symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, or headaches after staying there to seek medical attention.
However, the hotel now has reason to believe that around 6,000 people could have been exposed to the Legionella bacteria responsible for the outbreak between July 1, 2016 and September 22, 2016. They are now in the process of contacting people who stayed there during this period by E-mail, mail, and telephone to ensure they are aware of possible exposure to the bacteria, and so that they can seek the appropriate medical treatment. There is no clear indication that the hotel has yet identified the specific source of the bacteria within it’s facility.
If you stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites on Millbranch Road in Memphis, TN, and experienced any of the above symptoms or any others similar to those of Legionnaires’ disease, the Shelby County Health Department asks that you contact them at 901-222-9299.
More information is available here.