Memphis hotel linked to Legionnaires’ disease reopening

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis hotel where health officials say an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease originated is reopening after a nearly two-week shutdown.

The Shelby County Health Department said La Quinta Inn & Suites was reopening Wednesday.

The health department said in a news release that franchise owners of the hotel have been working with the health department and will follow a water maintenance plan to ensure safety, and the health department will continue monitoring the hotel for another six months. No specific source was found.

Seven cases of the disease with ties to the hotel were confirmed. The hotel was shuttered Sept. 22 after five people who stayed there were diagnosed with the disease, which has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever, muscle aches and headaches.

Officials are trying to contact people who stayed at the hotel from July 1 to Sept. 22.