Disneyland Shuts Down 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires' Disease Sickens Park Visitors

JAN. 22 2015 FILE

Disneyland Shuts Down 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires' Disease Sickens Park Visitors

Disneyland shutdown two cooling towers this week after a small number of visitors to the park were sickened with Legionnaires' disease, park officials told The Hollywood Reporter. Ten of the 12 people were hospitalized.

The 12 cases of Legionnaires' were discovered about three weeks ago, in patients whose ages ranged from 52 to 94, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Twelve cases of the disease were reported in Anaheim in September, the Register reports, but it's not confirmed how many cases came from Disneyland.

The water towers are situated in a backstage area near the New Orleans Square Train Station, and are more than 100 feet from areas accessible to guests, according to a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman. We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria.

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Three of the patients did not visit Disneyland, but did live or travel in Anaheim, Good said.

Health officials are investigating 12 cases of Legionnaires' disease traced to Anaheim, California, including nine cases among visitors to Disneyland in September.

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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.

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

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The health agency said there is no ongoing risk to the public and no other cases have been reported, although they cautioned public health officials to be aware of the situation.

"On October 27, 2017, when the Disneyland Park was identified as a common location of eight (8) cases, HCA contacted the Disney organization and set up site visits at the Park to assess potential sources".

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. It typically strikes the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, and can be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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