Lawsuit filed in Legionnaires' disease case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A man who used a Memphis fitness club linked to cases of Legionnaires' disease has filed a $2 million lawsuit.

The Commercial Appeal reported attorney Sadler Bailey filed the negligence suit in Shelby County Circuit Court on behalf of 44-year-old Jerome Walsh.

The lawsuit claims the 24 Hour Fitness USA location in east Memphis allowed the bacterial infection to grow, infecting Walsh, who was hospitalized June 11-14 after falling ill.

Robin Rootenberg, a spokeswoman for the center's corporate office in California, said the facility was maintained in accordance with industry standards and cleaned with industry-standard chemicals.

The disease is contracted by breathing mist or vapor that carries the bacteria that causes it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

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