12 Fall Ill with Legionnaires in California, Including 9 at Disneyland
Disneyland shut down and decontaminated two cooling towers following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease that sickened guests and employees at the theme park.
Dozen Cases of Legionnaires Recorded in California
At least twelve people have fallen ill due to the Legionnaires outbreak, and one case not linked to Disneyland was fatal, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
It is believed that vapor or mist from cooling towers which provide cold water at Disneyland may have carried the Legionnella bacteria. Park officials ordered the cooling towers be treated with chemicals to kill the bacteria and shut down.
Reports indicate that the 12 people sickened by the lung disease had traveled to, lived in, or worked in Anaheim during the month of September. Ten of the victims were hospitalized, but their current conditions were not immediately available.
About Legionnaires Disease
Legionnaires disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria and can result in potentially fatal respiratory infections and pneumonia. Young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of serious outcomes.
Symptoms generally occur within 10 days of exposure and may include fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, and headaches.
Legionnaires disease is not contagious.