Disneyland shuts down 2 cooling towers after Legionnaires' disease sickens park visitors

Legionnaires Disease Found Among Disneyland Visitors

About a dozen people in the Anaheim, CA area, or visitors to the area in September were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, according to Orange County health officials.

Besides the nine cases, three other people who lived in or traveled to Anaheim developed the disease, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The victims' ages range from 52 to 94.

Nine of the 12 reportedly visited Disneyland in September reported the Associated Press (h/t ABC 7 News.) One person, "with additional health issues", who did not visit the park has died from the disease.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chief Medical Officer Pamela Hymel said Disney conducted more tests on all of their water towers. There is one casualty reported in those twelve cases.

On Tuesday, Disney took the towers down again because the health agency ordered them to verify they were free of the Legionella contamination.

"On Oct. 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires' disease cases in Anaheim".

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Hymel said that local health officials had assured them that there was no longer any risk to guests or employees of the park.

Legionnaires' disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from contaminated water sources.

Legionella pneumophila is the most common cause of infection, and the majority of L. pneumophila infections are caused by serogroup 1.

12 people contracted Legionnaires Disease. An estimated 13,000 cases a year result in hospitalization around the country, which works out to about 35 people a day nationwide.

"On November 3, 2017, Disney reported to HCA that records provided by a contractor indicated that (as part of their quarterly, routine testing) elevated levels of Legionella had been identified in (two of 18) cooling towers on October 2, 2017 and treated/disinfected by the contractor on October 4, 2017". It is treated with antibiotics, which can improve symptoms and shorten the length of illness.

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