Two cooling centers shut down at Disneyland for Legionnaires disease

Two cooling centers shut down at Disneyland for Legionnaires disease

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

Disneyland was notified about the outbreak on October 27 and stopped using the two cooling towers on November 1. Out of them, nine cases were related to those who visited Disneyland, including a Disneyland employee, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Those who were afflicted ranged in age from 52 to 94. There has been one fatal case so far, but not from someone who had visited the park.

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.

The towers at Disneyland Park have been treated with chemicals to destroy any remaining bacteria. The move followed after the county healthcare agency noticed that people recently infected with Legionnaires' disease visited the tourist attraction not long ago.

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 13: Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue at Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Holiday Castle and "Believe In Holiday Magic" Fireworks spectacular held at Disneyland Resort on December 13, 2007 in Anaheim, California.

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.

Disneyland, however, took the cooling towers out of service again on November 7, in advance of an order issued by the health agency the next day, which required they remain nonoperational until test results guarantee they are free from contamination. Good noted that patient who had died had other health issues beyond Legionnaires' disease.

Legionnaires' disease is caused by Legionella bacteria that grows in water, and it can spread when small droplets get into the air, according to the CDC.

The outbreaks of the disease are generally found in huge air-conditioning systems and cooling towers that release water vapor into the air as well as decorative fountains and hot tubs. It is treated with antibiotics and hospital care, but one in 10 of those who contract the disease dies from infection.

People can have cough, high fevers, and chest pain because of the coughing.

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