Three people have been infected with Legionnaires’ disease at The Guest House at Graceland in Memphis, TN, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) announced in a news conference today.
The SCHD is investigating for the existence of the Legionella bacteria and ordered the hotel to temporarily close the aquatics center, which includes the hot tub and pool facilities. Those areas were shut down on Monday (June 26) and will remain closed until the investigation is complete.
“The hot tubs and pools are known sites, riskier sites, but because we know this particular bacterium can be in other parts of the water systems for hotels, we are also including that (in our investigation),” Dr. Helen Morrow, the SCHD Health Officer, said during the news conference. “So the investigation and remediation is not strictly limited to those sites. We’re looking at the entire facility.”
The Guest House at Graceland, one of the largest hotels in Memphis with 450 rooms, opened to the public in October 2016. Individuals who stayed at or visited the hotel between May 15 and June 26 and experienced pneumonia- or flu-like symptoms within two weeks of their visit should contact the Shelby County Health Department Hotline at (901) 222-9299 and seek immediate medical attention.