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Disneyland closes down cooling towers over Legionnaires' ' cases

By Susannah Cullinane, CNN

(CNN)– Disneyland Park has actually shut down two cooling towers at its park in Southern California following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

Orange County health officials said nine people who checked out the Anaheim theme park in September established the disease.

An extra three people who had been to Anaheim however not Disneyland got sick too, stated Jessica Good, a spokesperson for the Orange County Healthcare Agency. One client, who had not gone to the park and had extra health concerns, died, she said.

The 12 patients are between ages 52 and 94, and 10 were hospitalized, she said.

CNN has actually reached out to Disneyland for comment however has actually not heard back.

“To date, no additional Legionella cases have actually been related to prospective direct exposure in Anaheim after September,” Good said. “There is no recognized ongoing threat associated with this break out.”

Legionnaires disease is an extreme form of pneumonia triggered by Legionella germs, in some cases found in water supply. It is usually contracted by breathing mist from the water that contains it. The source of the mist can be a/c units in big facilities, showers or jacuzzis. Legionnaires’ illness is not infectious in between people.

County health officials recognized Disneyland Park as a typical place of eight of the cases last month, and have actually been working to recognize possible sources, Good said.

Disneyland Park notified health officials this month that elevated levels of Legionella had been identified in two of its 18 towers, which were then dealt with and decontaminated.

Disneyland took the towers out of service on November 1 and informed the health agency it had actually performed extra disinfecting and testing. It brought the towers back into service November 5, however two days later, they were gotten of service again, she stated.

Health officials subsequently released an order that the towers stay shut down up until they are verified to be free from contamination. The results of the tests will not be known for about 2 weeks.

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Legionnaires' ' disease reported at Rio, guests moved


The Southern Nevada Health District examined 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in guests who stayed separately at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Gambling establishment in March and April.

Hotel staff helped with the investigation, supplying the health district to inform past and current guests, inning accordance with SNHD. Rio staff also “arranged for ecological screening of its water supply.”

Test results discovered a presence of the Legionella bacteria, and staff used chlorine for disinfection, SNHD stated.

After reports of a second case, the health district tested the water system and discovered Legionella throughout the property’s water. The Rio and the health district stated they’re working together to make sure efforts to get rid of the germs are effective, inning accordance with SNHD.

The health district stated Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by “inhaling aerosol beads of water polluted with the germs. Sources of the aerosol can include showers, hot tubs, faucets, cooling towers, misters, and decorative water fountains.”

Legionnaires’ illness is a kind of pneumonia triggered by the Legionella bacteria, SNHD stated. “The majority of people exposed to Legionella will not get ill; however, it can cause serious health problem and in some cases result in death. Generally, people do not spread out Legionnaires’ disease to other individuals. Legionnaires’ illness signs are extremely much like other types of pneumonia and can include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches.”

” Symptoms will typically start within two to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Nevertheless, people must expect symptoms for about 2 weeks after direct exposure. Guests who remained at the Rio more than two weeks ago and have not developed symptoms are not at danger for disease. If visitors of the property establish signs with 2 Week of their stay, they must seek medical attention,” SNHD stated in a release.

Richard Broome, EVP of Public Affairs & & Corporate Communications for Caesars Home entertainment released a statement on the circumstance.

” Test results on the water at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino suggested the existence of the legionella bacteria. The business is working closely with the Southern Nevada Health District and taking aggressive remediation actions to guarantee the security of Rio’s water. From an abundance of care, we are transferring visitors from spaces where remediation actions are being undertaken.”

According to SNHD, individuals who are at increased danger of getting ill consist of:

People 50 years or older
Current or former cigarette smokers
People with chronic lung illness
People with weakened immune systems
Individuals who take drugs that can damage their body immune systems (after a transplant operation or chemotherapy).
Individuals with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.

More info on Legionnaire’s illness is offered on the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance website at www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html. 

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