July 11, 2020

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at 24 Hour Fitness in Memphis, Tennessee

Three people reported contracting Legionnaires’ disease after visiting the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in East Memphis, Tennessee. The gym’s spa and pool are now closed pending an investigation by the Shelby County Health Department. Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia, is caused by breathing in water mist contaminated with Legionella bacteria.

Legionella Pneumophila Bacteria, artworkAnyone who was at the 24 Hour Fitness on Ridgeway Road in the last 2 weeks should watch for symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, including cough, fever, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhea. This is a severe illness that is often fatal.

and his Bad Bug Law Team have handled many cases like these for outbreak victims and their families. “This is an aggressive form of pneumonia that requires prompt medical attention to prevent death,” said Pritzker. “It is also an easily preventable illness because there are tests to detect Legionella bacteria in water sources. We need to find out if this 24 Hour Fitness location regularly tested for Legionella contamination by analyzing spa and pool maintenance records.”

 

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