What Is Legionnaires' Disease? Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After Outbreak

What Is Legionnaires' Disease? Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After Outbreak

What Is Legionnaires' Disease? Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After Outbreak

In response to the health issue, Disneyland voluntarily shut down two cooling towers (which are inaccessible to guests) that was found to have elevated levels of the bacteria associated with the disease.

"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.

There has been one death - the person had not visited the theme park. Nine of those people had visited Disneyland in September before they developed the illness.

Disney shut down the two water cooling towers after officials detected high levels of the bacteria from the virus, according to reports. "These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are now shut down".

"To date, no additional Legionella cases have been identified with potential exposure in Anaheim after September", Good said.

Legionnaire's Disease is a serious lung infection most often caused by inhaling microscopic water droplets tainted by the bacteria legionella. "There is no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak", the agency said.

Legionnaires' disease appear to be on the rise, with Orange County reporting more than 55 cases this year.

Legionella pneumophila is the most common cause of infection, and the majority of L. pneumophila infections are caused by serogroup 1. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove risky to those with lung or immune system problems. It is typically contracted by breathing mist from the water that contains it.

People who have contracted Legionnaire's disease are not contagious. Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on October 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. Disney took the towers out of service on November 1, performed more testing and disinfection, and brought them back into service on November 5.

Disney took the towers out of service again on Tuesday.

Health officials subsequently issued an order that the towers remain shut down until they are verified to be free from contamination.

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