9 Cases Of Legionnaires' Disease Now Confirmed At The Guest House at Graceland

Aquatic Facilities Temporarily Closed

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - UPDATE 7/19/2017 - The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed a 9th case of Legionnaires' disease linked to The Guest House at Graceland.

 

In a statement, the department says:

"The aquatics facilities have been authorized to reopen. Sampling that occurred after remediation demonstrated no viable legionella bacteria.

Individuals who stayed at the establishment between May 15, 2017 and June 26, 2017 AND have symptoms of Legionnaires Disease are encouraged to call the Shelby County Health Department’s Investigation Hotline at (901) 222-9299."

 

UPDATE 7/12/2017 - The Shelby County Health Department has now confirmed a sixth case of Legionnaires' disease linked to The Guest House at Graceland. The aquatics facilities remain closed.

Anyone who stayed at the hotel between May 15, 2017 and June 26, 2017 and have symptoms of Legionnaires' are encouraged to call the Shelby County Health Department’s Investigation Hotline at (901) 222-9299.

UPDATE 7/6/2017 - The Shelby County Health Department has now confirmed a fifth case of Legionnaires' disease linked to The Guest House at Graceland.

 

UPDATE 6/30/2017 - The Shelby County Health Department says it has now confirmed a fourth case of Legionnaires' disease linked to the investigation at The Guest House at Graceland.

 

(ORIGINAL SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT RELEASE 6/29/2017)

 

The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) received laboratory confirmation of three individuals diagnosed with Legionnaires' Disease. With the reported cases, health officials began an investigation and have temporarily closed the aquatics facilities of The Guest House at Graceland, 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., 38116.

 

"We are working collaboratively with the Tennessee Department of Health on this current investigation," said Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, director of SCHD. "As the local public health department, it is our role to protect our community, including those who are visitors, and prevent the spread of disease."

 

SCHD officials are working with the establishment to identify sources of transmission, remediate to prevent future transmission and educate staff and patrons on the disease, including signs and symptoms.

 

"We are working closely and cooperating fully with SCHD," stated The Guest House at Graceland, managed by Pyramid Hotel Group. "We care deeply about the health and safety of all our guests and employees. Our hotel remains open and fully operational. By closing our hot tub and pool facilities temporarily, we are taking all proper precautions as SCHD completes its investigation."

 

Legionnaires Disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Legionella found naturally in the environment, usually in water. It is contracted when individuals breathe in a mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) containing the bacteria. Many exposed to Legionnaires do not become ill, but symptoms 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.

 

The key to preventing Legionnaires Disease is maintenance of the water systems in which Legionella bacteria grow, including drinking water systems, hot tubs, decorative fountains and cooling towers. Persons at increased risk of infection, including the elderly, those who smoke, and individuals with suppressed or compromised immune systems, may choose to avoid highrisk exposures, such as being in or near a hot tub.

 

Individuals who visited the Guest House at Graceland, located at 3600 Elvis Presley Blvd., between May 15 and June 26, 2017 and have experienced any of the aforementioned signs or symptoms should contact the SCHD Investigation Hotline at (901) 222-9299. For more information about Legionnaires Disease and the current investigation, go to www.shelbytnhealth.com

 

STATEMENT FROM THE GUEST HOUSE AT GRACELAND:

"We care deeply about the health and safety of all our guests and employees. Our hotel remains open and fully operational. By closing our hot tub and pool facilities temporarily, we are taking all proper precautions as SCHD completes its investigation."

 

STATEMENT FROM GRACELAND:
“Graceland is working closely with Pyramid Hotel Group who manages the hotel. Our primary concern is the health and welfare of their guests. The issue does not affect the Graceland attraction and tours in any way.”

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