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June 29,  2017   -    Fox13 Memphis  /  Elvis Express Radio
The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed there is a Legionnaires outbreak at The Guest House at Graceland hotel.

The aquatic facilities at the hotel in the 3600 block of Elvis Presley Blvd have been temporarily closed as a result of three people being diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease after
an outbreak at the multi-million dollar hotel.

Shelby County Health Department temporarily closed the pool at the hotel as it investigates the outbreak.

"We are working closely and cooperating fully with SCHD," The Guest House at Graceland, managed by Pyramid Hotel Group, said in a written statement. "We care deeply about
the health and safety of all our guests and employees. Our hotel remains open and fully operational. By closing our hot tub and pool facilities temporarily, we are taking all proper
precautions as SCHD completes its investigation."

Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, director of SCHD
said, "We are working collaboratively with the Tennessee Department of Health on this current investigation. As the local public health
department, it is our role to protect our community, including those who are visitors, and prevent the spread of disease."

Legionnaires Disease is caused by bacteria called Legionella, usually found in water. It is contracted when people breathe in a mist or vapor containing the bacteria. 
Many exposed do not become ill, but symptoms can be similar to forms of pneumonia including cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms
can last between two to 14 days after exposure. It is usually treated with antibiotics. 

Legionnaires can be prevented by maintaining water systems in hot tubs, decorative fountains, drinking water systems, and cooling towers. 

Those who visited The Guest House at Graceland between May 15 and June 26 and have experienced symptoms need to contact the Shelby County Health Department Hotline at
(901) 222-9299. 

Graceland also released a statement saying, “Graceland is working closely with Pyramid Hotel Group who manages the hotel. Our primary concern is the health and welfare of their
guests. The issue does not affect the Graceland attraction and tours in any way.”

The Guest House at Graceland just opened to the public last October.

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