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Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked To Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak

Disneyland Decontaminates Cooling Towers Linked To Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak”

Disneyland shut down two water cooling towers after health officials discovered several cases of Legionnaire's disease among people who visited the popular California theme park, authorities said.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial lung infection caused by exposure to contaminated water or mist.

According to Good, during the week of October 20-26 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Health Care Agency staff of the Legionnaire's disease cases that occurred in September.

Pamela Hymel - the chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts - said in a written statement that after learning of the Legionnaires cases, park officials ordered the cooling towers treated with chemicals to destroy the bacteria and shut them down. "There is no longer any known risk associated with our facilities".

Case ages range from 52-94. But in large concentrations, often due to stagnant or improperly sanitized water systems, the bacteria can be transmitted through inhaling contaminated water vapor.

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It's caused by the bacterium Legionnella pneumophilia. "These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are now shut down".

Disneyland Park informed health officials this month that elevated levels of Legionella had been identified in two of its 18 towers, which were then treated and disinfected. It typically strikes the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, and can be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The towers are near the New Orleans Square Train Station, more than 100 feet away from parts of the theme park accessible to guests, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman said Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The person who died had "additional health issues", doctors said. The towers were taken out of service November 1, disinfected, went back in operation on November 5 but were shut down again Tuesday and will remain offline until tests confirm they are free from contamination, according to the park and the county health agency. It brought the towers back into service November 5, but two days later, they were taken out of service again, she said.



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