Disneyland shuts down 2 cooling towers after Legionnaires' disease cases

Legionnaires' disease outbreak at Disneyland sickens nine visitors

County health officials say 12 people contracted the lung disease, including one Disneyland employee, with one person who had not visited the park ultimately dying.

According to the paper, the cooling towers in question appear to be associated with the cases of 12 people who spent time in Anaheim and then were discovered to have developed the disease roughly three weeks ago. Health officials said 10 people were hospitalized, and one person "with additional health issues" died but was not among those who visited Disneyland.

Nine people contracted Legionnaires' disease after visiting Disneyland in September, a Disneyland spokesperson confirmed Saturday. "We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria".

An outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Orange County has been traced to two cooling towers at Disneyland. "These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are now shut down".

The health agency told The AP that no new cases have been reported.




Orange County has had more than 55 reported cases of Legionnaires' disease this year and the number of cases has increased in recent years both in the county and nationally, according to the health care agency.

Legionnaire's Disease is a serious lung infection most often caused by inhaling microscopic water droplets tainted by the bacteria legionella. "We have proactively shared this information with OCHCA and given our actions, they have indicated there is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities".

The county agency issued an order November 8 requiring Disney to take the towers out of service until they are shown to be free from contamination. It is spread by mist from contaminated water. People who are particularly susceptible to the disease are older adults, smokers, and people with weakened immune systems.

It is treated with antibiotics, which can improve symptoms and shorten the length of illness. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove risky to those with lung or immune system problems. It brought the towers back into service November 5, but two days later, they were taken out of service again, she said.

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