Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease at Memphis Gym

Outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease at Memphis Gym

The Shelby County Health Department confirms several club members have developed the form pneumonia.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Parts of the 24 Hour Fitness gym in East Memphis are closed because of an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease.

The Shelby County Health Department confirms several club members have developed the potentially fatal pneumonia.

24 Hour Fitness is still open, but the gym's spa and steam room are shut down. Three people were infected with Legionnaires ' disease.

Members have noticed the gym's spa and pool were closed.

"It has been shut down," says Rod Brown. "Anytime you have a lot of people coming out, working out, you have to be careful."

Three people got sick after visiting the gym off Ridgeway Road. 24 Hour Fitness is sending out a warning to those who used the spa or steam room between May 21st and June 21st.

"The time to develop the disease is anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure," says Dr. Helen Morrow with Shelby County's Health Department. You need an antibiotic if infected.

"It's a form of community acquired pneumonia. The symptoms of it are you can have a cough. You can have a fever. You can have muscle aches, sometimes vomiting or diarrhea."

Upwards of 8,000 Americans get Legionnaires ' disease every year. It doesn't spread from person to person, but through contact with infected water.

"A warm moist environment is where it likes to live," Dr. Morrow says.

A spokesperson with 24 Hour Fitness tells us they're working with the health department to clean things up.

"Everything will be properly done before deemed safe to be reopened," says Dr. Morrow.

"I'm going to be very hopeful they are going to get it taken care of," says Brown.

If you think you've been infected, contact your doctor and the Shelby County Health Department at 901-222-9242.
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