Outbreak of Legionnaires sickens 12 in California, including 9 at Disneyland

Legionnaires' disease outbreak at Disneyland sickens nine visitors

Legionnaires' disease outbreak at Disneyland sickens nine visitors

Nine of the individuals had spent time in Disneyland Park in September, the Orange County Health Care Agency told the paper, and all were aged between 52 and 94. One person, who had not visited Disneyland, died from the disease.

The other three are Orange County residents who didn't visit Disneyland but live or travelled to Anaheim, reported Orange County Health Care Agency spokeswoman Jessica Good, Friday night in response to earlier Voice of OC questions. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove risky to those with lung or immune system problems.

According to Legionella.Org, "Legionnaires' disease is a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia It's caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila found in both potable and non-potable water systems".

Disneyland Park has shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

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

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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. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chief medical officer Dr. Pamela Hymel noted in a statement on the matter that Disney was informed on October 27 about the potential link the park had to the recent Legionnaires' disease reports.

Disneyland has shut down two bacteria-contaminated cooling towers after Orange County. The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and this station. It is typically contracted by breathing mist from the water that contains it. Those towers were chemically treated and shut down to eliminate further infection. The other nine are suffering from "additional health issues" at present.

"We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria", the statement said.

Disney took the towers out of service again on Tuesday. On Nov. 1, more testing and disinfection was performed and the towers were brought back into service on Nov. 5.

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