Number of Legionnaires’ disease cases in Memphis up to 8

FILE - This undated file image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a large grouping of Legionella pneumophila bacteria (Legionnaires' disease). Legionnaires' disease has been reported in a handful of states in the summer of 2015, leading to multiple deaths and more than 100 illnesses. The unrelated cases are part of a typical pattern seen with a disease that tends to appear in warm weather and is mostly dangerous for people who are already sick or weakened. (Janice Haney Carr/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Health officials say the number of Legionnaires’ disease cases stemming from an outbreak at a Memphis hotel has risen to eight.

The Shelby County Health Department increased the number of cases by one on Wednesday. Seven cases of the disease with ties to a La Quinta Inn & Suites in south Memphis had been previously confirmed.

The hotel was closed Sept. 22 after the outbreak was discovered. It reopened Oct. 5 after no specific source was found.

Legionnaires’ disease has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever, muscle aches and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.

Officials are trying to contact people who stayed at the hotel from July 1 to Sept. 22 and have shown symptoms of the illness.

Related: 7 people with Legionnaires’ disease have died in NY outbreak

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