Disneyland Is Source Of Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak


Disneyland shutdown two cooling towers this week after a small number of visitors to the park were sickened with Legionnaires' disease, park officials told The Hollywood Reporter.

After the Orange County Health Care Agency reported an increase of Legionnaires' cases in Anaheim, the park investigated and found two towers had "had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria". They said that after testing, they found two towers "had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria". "These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are now shut down".

"There is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities", officials said, according to Kron4.

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Nine of the visitors had visited Disneyland Park in September before developing the illness, according to the paper, citing the Orange County Health Care Agency. The Anaheim outbreak includes patients between ages 52 to 94.

Legionnaire's Disease is a serious lung infection most often caused by inhaling microscopic water droplets tainted by the bacteria legionella. The towers are not in public areas.

Nine people contracted Legionnaires' disease after they visited Disneyland in Anaheim in September, officials said.

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According to the health agency, on November 3, Disney reported that routine testing had detected elevated levels of Legionella in two cooling towers a month earlier, and the towers had been disinfected. The county contacted Disney after it discovered several had gone to the park. They report having performed subsequent testing and disinfection and brought the towers back into service November 5, 2017.

Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on October 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. Good's email statement didn't indicate if any of those who contracted the disease were related to each other. It typically strikes the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, and can be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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