Shelby County health officials updated the Legionnaires’ disease situation linked to the Millbranch Road La Quinta Inn & Suites Thursday and noted that the number of confirmed Legionnaires’ disease case have increased by one, bringing the total to seven.
In addition, health officials are investigating 19 probable and five suspect cases. No active source of Legionella bacteria has been identified.
The hotel reopened Wednesday and continue to work with health officials and will follow a water maintenance plan to ensure the safety of its patrons.
The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) says they will continue surveillance of the establishment for the next six months and take action as needed for the benefit of public health.
Symptoms of legionellosis can be similar to forms of pneumonia including cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches and headaches which can last between two and 14 days after exposure. Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat the symptoms.
Individuals who had reservations at the La Quinta Inn & Suites located at 2979 Millbranch Road during the time of exposure (July 1, 2016 through Sep. 22, 2016) AND have experienced any of the signs or symptoms of legionellosis should contact the SCHD Investigation Hotline at (901) 222-9299.
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