Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

Nine cases of Legionnaires' disease have been diagnosed among Disneyland visitors in recent months and the Disneyland Resort has closed two backstage cooling towers located behind New Orleans Square. An estimated 13,000 cases a year result in hospitalization around the country, which works out to about 35 people a day nationwide.

"On Oct. 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires' disease cases in Anaheim", said a statement from Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

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Nine people have contracted Legionnaire's disease after visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The towers are not in public areas.

The towers are shut down as they are treated with chemicals that kill this type of bacteria. The person who died from the Disneyland problem had underlying health issues, according to health officials.

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Disneyland says it learned about the Legionnaires' cases in late October and shut down and disinfected two cooling towers that tested for high levels of the bacteria. The county contacted Disney after it discovered several had gone to the park. The Anaheim outbreak includes patients between ages 52 to 94. Ten were hospitalized and one person "with additional health issues" died, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Twelve cases of the disease have been reported in the Anaheim area; among those, eight people had visited Disneyland in September and one worked there, the Register reports. "Disney took the towers out of service on November 1, performed more testing and disinfection, and brought them back into service on November 5". Good's email statement didn't indicate if any of those who contracted the disease were related to each other.

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"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". Outbreaks often happen in hot tubs, cooling towers and large air-conditioning systems that emit water vapor into the air.

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