Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Anaheim, possible links to Disneyland

JAN. 22 2015 FILE Disneyland Shuts Down Two Cooling Towers After Visitors Sickened With Legionnaires' Disease
Marlene Weaver | 11 November, 2017, 22:36

Disneyland was informed of the cases October 27, chemically treating and voluntarily shutting down two cooling towers to rid them of the Legionella bacteria, said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chief Medical Officer Pamela Hymel.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 12 cases of the bacteria-caused illness were discovered about three weeks ago among people who had visited the park in Anaheim, Calif. 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", said Hymel.

"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".

Nine people contracted Legionnaires' disease after visiting Disneyland in September, a Disneyland spokesperson confirmed Saturday. Their ages ranged from 52 to 94.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by Legionella bacteria that grows in water, and it can spread when small droplets get into the air, according to the CDC. The towers are not in public areas. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified county officials of the outbreak among people who had traveled to Orange County.

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The county agency issued an order November 8 requiring Disney to take the towers out of service until they are shown to be free from contamination.

The health agency told The AP that no new cases have been reported. The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and this station.

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

A Disneyland employee is among those who contracted the disease, according to the report.

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water.

Those most at risk of getting sick from Legionella infection include people who are smokers, have chronic lung disease or weak immune systems, and people over the age of 65.

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