Officials have updated the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Memphis, TN. The Shelby County Health Department says that there are now seven confirmed cases of the disease among guests of the hotel, in addition to twenty-three possible cases.
The hotel was shut down on September 22 after five former guests were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ and the outbreak was linked to the hotel. The hotel’s franchise owners worked with various health departments to eliminate the bacteria from the water supply.
Now, the hotel is planning to reopen after a shutdown of nearly two weeks. No specific source of Legionella bacteria has yet been found. Still, the hotel plans to implement a water maintenance program and the health department will continue to monitor the hotel for the next six months.
In addition to conducting routine maintenance, the hotel has notified all guests who stayed there between July and September that they may have been exposed to Legionella. Guests who have experienced symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease or Pontiac fever have been asked to call the county health department hotline at (901) 222-9299.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.