The Commercial Appeal reports that there are now nine confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease that have been linked to The Guest House at Graceland. According to the report, “The outbreak has been linked to the hot tub and pool facilities at The Guest House at Graceland, located just north of Elvis Presley’s famed home. Health Department officials had closed the aquatic facilities, but on Wednesday they announced that the hotel has been authorized to reopen them. Sampling conducted since the outbreak has shown the area found no evidence that the bacteria causing the disease could still survive there.”
Guests who stayed at the facility between May 15 and June 26 should be aware of symptoms. If you develop symptoms, you are urged to call this hotline: (901) 222-9299.
What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionnaires’ is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It’s found in natural water systems, but can cause widespread infection if it enters a man-made system. Once the water is contaminated, people can become infected by breathing in the water, or “by aspiration of drinking water. This happens when water “goes down the wrong pipe,” into the trachea (windpipe) and lungs instead of the digestive tract,” as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC is leading the fight against preventable infectious diseases. Our negligence attorneys have the experience, resources and skills you want on your side. If you developed Legionnaire’s after visiting a contaminated hotel, medical facility, or tourist attraction, we may be able to help. Please call 803-327-7800, or fill out our contact form.