Health Officials Update On Legionnaires Investigation

Health Officials Update On Legionnaires Investigation

The investigation into an East Memphis Health Club where several people claim they contracted Legionnaires Disease is continues.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) – The investigation into an East Memphis Health Club where several people claim they contracted Legionnaires Disease is continuing.

One Shelby County commissioner got a briefing of the outbreak from the county health department.

The other commissioners left the room before the presentation began.

Health Department officials said they get reports of Legionnaires Disease every year in Shelby County.

The Health Department does test for it. But it is a difficult disease to pin down. They said no test is failsafe.

“There is a certain amount of Legionnaires Disease in the community all the time,” a health department spokesperson said. “We’ve had an increase in the number of Legionnaires cases that have been recognized since 2009. We believe a lot of this has to do with the fact there are easier tests for doctors to run now that are based on just taking a urine sample.”

There have been seven confirmed cases. Eight were suspected. All happening between June 12th and July 23rd.

Four of the confirmed and three of the suspected were from the fitness club.

When the health department showed up Wednesday to talk about things, they did so in front of a mostly empty commission meeting room.

Heidi Shafer was there. So were two assistants. But that was it.

The investigation into the health spa continues. In the meantime, their testing seems to be working out very well.

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