- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials say the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease with ties to a Memphis hotel has risen to seven.

The Shelby County Health Department said Monday that the La Quinta Inn & Suites where the outbreak of the illness originated remains closed.

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. A sixth case was reported last week.

Officials say Legionella bacteria can grow in drinking water systems, hot tubs, decorative fountains and cooling towers. It is typically contracted when individuals breathe mist or vapor containing the bacteria.

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

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