The Daily Mail has reported on a recent outbreak at Elvis’ guest house hotel,
Health officials are investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that caused three people to fall ill after staying at the Graceland hotel.
Memphis health department officials said the pool and hot tub at The Guest House at Graceland hotel are now temporarily closed following the reports.
The hotel is on the grounds of the tourist attraction centered on the life of late singer Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee.
This is the latest outbreak of the disease, following other cases reported in New York, Florida and Nevada in June.
The potentially fatal disease is a severe form of pneumonia and develops when people breathe droplets of bacteria-infected water, usually from cooling systems.
Although contracting Legionnaires’ is rare, there has been a 450 percent increase of cases in the past two decades, according to a CDC report released this month.
Memphis officials said people who visited the The Guest House at Graceland hotel between May 15 and June 26 and have symptoms should contact the department.
Legionnaires’ disease has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.
People can get sick if they inhale contaminated mist or vapor, typically from cooling systems.
The disease can cause lungs and kidneys to stop working properly.
Another complication is septic shock, which is the result of a blood infection causing a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Between 10 and 15 percent of otherwise healthy people who contract Legionnaires’ disease will die due to problems as a result of the condition.
Earlier in June, officials confirmed two guests of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas contracted Legionnaires’ disease while they were staying at the resort in the months of March and April.
The hotel released a statement on June 9 saying it was intensely cleaning, using Chlorine at high temperatures to disinfect the rooms.
New York City was the next area to fall victim when a police officer was diagnosed with the sickness and officers were advised not to shower at the East Harlem station.
The Florida Health Department confirmed on June 13 that four people became sick and all were members of two separate LA Fitness gyms in the Orange County area.
Health officials said showers and spas at both locations were in need of a disinfecting treatment with a hydrochlorinated solution.
There are around 6,000 cases of the disease reported each year, according to the CDC.
From 2000 to 2015, rates of incidence sky rocketed to 450 percent.
The organization reported that this increase may be due to better diagnostic tests and better monitoring by hospitals.
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