Five cases of Legionnaires’ disease are believed to be associated with The Guest House at Graceland. While the hotel remains open to the public, the aquatic facilities at the hotel are currently closed. The Shelby County Health Department is working with the Tennessee Department of Health to investigate this area of the hotel as the possible source of the Legionella bacteria.
Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is contracted by inhaling mist or water vapor contaminated with Legionella bacteria. Not everyone who comes in contact with Legionella bacteria develops Legionnaires’ disease. Those that are more susceptible are people over the age of 50, former or current smokers, or people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms may include high fevers, coughing, vomiting, headaches, and lethargy. Antibiotics are typically used to treat Legionnaires’ disease.
The Guest House at Graceland, managed by Pyramid Hotel Group, released a statement saying that the hotel remains open and fully operational, and by closing the aquatics at the hotel they are taking the proper precautions while the Shelby County Health Department completes their investigation.
Graceland also released a statement, and indicated that they are working closely with Pyramid Hotel Group to ensure the safety of the guests, and that the outbreak is not affecting the Graceland attraction or tours in any way.
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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.