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Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After 9 Guests Contract Legionnaire's Disease

13 Novembre 2017

Disneyland Park has shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

The south California, US iteration of Disneyland has suffered from an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease.

Orange County health officials said nine people who visited the Anaheim theme park in September developed the disease.

"We conducted a review and learned that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria", she said.

The chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Pamela Hymel, 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.

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There haven't been any new cases linked to Anaheim since September, the agency said.

Legionella bacteria can be found sometimes in water systems that lead to Legionnaires disease, which is a severe type of severe. the disease can typically be contracted by in-taking mist through breathing, while the source of mists may be air conditioning units in hot tubs, showers or large facilities.

The disease is not contagious.

County health officials identified Disneyland Park as a common location of eight of the cases last month, and have been working to identify potential sources, Good 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. The towers were shut down on November 1 for disinfecting and testing and will remain so until they are deemed completely free of contamination. The results of the tests will not be known for about two weeks.

Disneyland Shuts Down Cooling Towers After 9 Guests Contract Legionnaire's Disease