Legionnaires’ outbreak closes Memphis hotel

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG/CNN) — County health officials shut down a hotel in Memphis over a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

There are five reported cases of the disease from people who stayed at the hotel last month.

The La Quinta Inn, located near Memphis International Airport, will stay closed until officials identify and eliminate the source of the bacteria.

La Quinta corporate has not commented publicly on the outbreak yet.

Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory disease caused by bacteria often in hot tubs, fountains and air conditioning units.

It’s named after the outbreak where it was first identified: the 1976 American Legion Convention in Philadelphia, where more than 200 people got sick and 34 died.

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