Disneyland Park has shut down 2 cooling towers at its park in Anaheim, California, following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a deadly form of pneumonia that spreads through inhalation of contaminated airborne water particles in or around ventilation systems, hot tubs and fountains.
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Update: Legionnaires’ Outbreak Suspected in Florida as Multiple Cases Reported in Pinellas County
October 9, 2018 – The Florida Department of Health is investigating at least 2 cases of legionellosis, a type of pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria, confirmed at the same apartment complex in Pinellas County. Aside from that tidbit, officials released no other information about the victims or even the specific community in which the complex is located, per Florida law.
What’s the problem?
November 13, 2017 – Orange County health officials said at least 9 people who visited the Anaheim Disneyland in September developed symptoms of Legionnaires’, according to CNN.
In addition to the 9 cases, another 3 patients were diagnosed who had been to Anaheim but not Disneyland, a spokesperson for OCHCA said. One patient, who had not visited the park and had other health problems, died, according to the spokesperson.
The patients ranged in age from 54 to 94, and 10 had to be hospitalized to treat complication of Legionnaires,’ OCHCA said.
“We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria,” said Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “These towers were treated with chemicals that destroy the bacteria and are currently shut down. 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.”
Disney shut the cooling towers down after Disney was contacted by OCHCA on October 27 about increased rates of Legionnaires’ disease in Anaheim.
Disneyland Linked to Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease: FOX News Video
Legionnaires Disease Symptoms
Initial symptoms of Legionnaires’ include:
- Muscle pain
- Fever that may be 104 F (40 C) or higher
As the disease progresses, symptoms may grow to include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Mental changes
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