Disneyland has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people, nine of them guests or employees at the theme park in Anaheim, county health officials said on Saturday. If that contaminated water is in droplets that are small enough for people to breathe in, like from a shower, hot tub, decorative fountain, or (as what may have occurred in Disneyland) an air conditioning cooling unit, then they can contract the respiratory disease. The move followed after the county healthcare agency noticed that people recently infected with Legionnaires' disease visited the tourist attraction not long ago.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened 12 people.
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. Subsequently, the towers were disinfected and put out of service on November 1.
A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced Friday. More disinfection and testing measures were followed before bringing the towers back into service on November 5.More news: Arthur Collins trial: Co-accused cleared over club acid attack
"On Oct. 27, we learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency of increased Legionnaires' disease cases in Anaheim", said Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
The Orange County Register also revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the main national public health center of the United States estimated that the disease has been reported in 6000 cases in 2015 nationwide.
As the Mayo Clinic reports in its overview of the disease, not everyone who is exposed to the Legionella bacteria will get sick.
Legionnaires' disease is a severe form of pneumonia.More news: National Football League 2017 Week 10: Monday Night preview - Miami Dolphins at Carolina Panthers
Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. The disease's symptoms take two to 10 days to appear.
The illness can not be spread by person to person contact.
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